Best Communities for Music Education Award

BISD Honored with Best Communities for Music Education Award
Posted on 03/27/2019
This is the image for the news article titled BISD Honored with Best Communities for Music Education AwardBrazosport ISD has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Now in its 20th year, the Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

“This designation validates the strength of the fine arts programs in BISD,” said Chris Hutchison, BISD’s Coordinator of Fine Arts. “It is also reflective of the commitment to excellence as displayed by our students and their dedicated teachers.”

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, BISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

BISD has invested in music education throughout its history. Starting in the early 70’s, BISD was one of the first districts in the country to implement Kodaly and Orff techniques in elementary music classrooms. High standards are continued through the upper grades to provide a well rounded music education. BISD High Schools have excelled in Marching, Jazz, Choral, and Orchestra Contests across the state. Countless band, choir, and orchestra students have earned All-State honors, as well as State Solo Outstanding Performer designations. Both Brazosport and Brazoswood consistently place in the State Honor Band finals with Brazoswood winning the honor in 2012. The Brazoswood band is also a a 2016 Sudler Flag recipient.

According to the NAMM Foundation, this award recognizes that BISD is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.

About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by The National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. Its mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.
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