Recognized nationally for an exceptional Fine Arts program, Garland ISD has received its seventh Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. GISD joins an elite group of just 476 districts across the country to share the prestigious 2016 title.
“This award affirms Garland ISD's dedication to educating the whole child and that Fine Arts is an integral part of that education,” said Director of Fine Arts George Jones. "We are honored to receive it year after year."
BCME recognizes districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in providing music access and education to all students. To qualify, applicants must answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support and community programs.
Now in its 17th year, districts honored by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs. The designation is also an important part of the NAMM Foundation’s efforts to advocate for school-based music education. Numerous studies have demonstrated that learning to play music can boost other academic and social skills.