Guilford County Schools’ Commitment to Outstanding Music Education Honored Nationally
Greensboro, N.C. – Guilford County Schools 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.
GCS earns the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation
The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, GCS answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs.
“Music and arts education are core, academic subjects vital to the overall, holistic development of students,” said Dr. Nathan Street, GCS director of fine arts. “We are thrilled to have been recognized once again for the outstanding arts and music education programming accessible by students in Guilford County Schools.”
This award recognizes that Guilford County Schools is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.
Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. In a series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University, a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the university, it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.
Beyond the Northwestern research, other studies have indicated that music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel.
This is the second national recognition GCS received for arts education in 2018. Last month, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) chose GCS to receive the 30th annual Kennedy Center and NSBA award. The prestigious award is given to only one district per year and comes with a $10,000 prize. The school board intends to use its award to continue funding and enhancing arts education opportunities districtwide.
About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, and serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com.
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. The foundation advances 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.