Upholding its status as one of the nation’s best, Garland ISD is once again being nationally recognized for its comprehensive music education. The district received its 10th Best Communities for Music Education title from The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. This distinction honors districts that demonstrate a commitment to providing music access and education to all students.
“The Best Community districts show what can be done when teachers, school and community leaders, and parents all agree that music is essential and not optional as a learning force that must be available to all students,” said Mary Luehrsen of the NAMM Foundation in a written statement. “We dream of the day when all districts aspire to earn this distinction.”
GISD qualified for the award by answering detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities and support for music programs. Responses were then verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
A 10-time recipient of this honor, #GarlandUSA is continuing to lead the way with learning opportunities that provide a well-rounded education for all children. After two years of music instruction, research found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores compared to their less-involved peers. In addition, students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school, but also to attend college. And, studies also show that music education provides social benefits such as conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.
Learn more about music education in GISD by visiting the Visual and Performing Arts webpage.