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Officials with the Socorro Independent School District announced Monday that their Fine Arts Department earned its fifth consecutive Best Communities for Music Education Award from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation.
“Music education is a key component of developing the whole, well-rounded student. This award is a testament to the dedication of all the fine arts educators in TeamSISD ensuring that students are provided endless opportunities to develop their creativity,” said Armando Martinez, SISD Fine Arts director.
“This year’s award is extra special as it highlights the commitment of our teachers to ensure students continued to have a positive music experience during this pandemic.”
Socorro ISD is once again the only district in the region and one of 686 honorees in the nation to be recognized as a leader in music education by NAMM.
The Best Communities for Music Education Award is given to school districts based on funding, staffing, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. The award recognizes school districts that provide access to music education and the arts to ensure all students receive a well-rounded education.
“Team SISD provides endless opportunities for students to be prepared for college, careers and life. Among those are the music education opportunities that are provided districtwide by our skilled and dedicated fine arts educators,” said SISD Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D.
“Our amazing fine arts team, including administrators, teachers, and parents of band, orchestra, choir and mariachi students, are an integral part of our success. Thank you and congratulations to all who have ensured SISD remains a leader in music education and have contributed to this awesome award for five years in a row! ”
District officials add that “music education is a path to life-long learning and knowledge of self and culture. It supports healthy social development and the quality of a young person’s life, and it prepares students for success in the 21st century workplace.”
For the 2020-2021 school year, all elementary students are enrolled in a music course, 55 percent of middle school students are taking a music class, and 28 percent of high school students are enrolled in a musical program.
SISD students can take numerous music courses and participate in award-winning music programs including band, mariachi, guitar, piano, orchestra, fiddle, and choir. SISD also offers formal music instruction in general and IB music, music appreciation, music history and music theory.
The Best Communities for Music Education Award for school districts offers opportunities to increase awareness and support for music programs. This year, the program celebrates 22 years of honoring schools and districts across the country.
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 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.