The Socorro Independent School District was designated as a 2017 Best Communities for Music Education Award recipient for its exceptionally high commitment and access to music education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).
Team SISD is one of 527 recipients in the nation to be recognized for its outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students, a prestigious honor only four percent of school districts receive, according to NAMM.
“Our department is extremely honored to have been selected as a national recipient of the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education Award,” said Don Rominsky, director of fine arts. “This award validates the quality music education classes we offer at all SISD campuses and gives students endless opportunities to be prepared for the future.”
Music education is an integral part of SISD curriculum offering more than 30,650 students in Team SISD unique learning experiences that develop creative and expressive potential through inspiring instruction.
“SISD fine arts is committed to providing students with a balanced, comprehensive, sequential, and rigorous program of instruction in the fine arts disciplines,” Rominsky said.
Research shows children in music programs experience educational, cognitive and social skill benefits that lead to life-long academic success, higher high school graduation rates and college attendance, according to scientists and researchers at Northwestern University in a press release by NAMM.
Starting at the elementary level, Team SISD students are exposed to music education for a minimum of 30 minutes every other week to enhance their education and foster their academic, social and emotional growth. In addition, students at the middle and high school level have the opportunity to join award-winning band, choir, orchestra, mariachi and guitar, piano and fiddle programs that compete at the district, region, area or state level.
To qualify for the award, the SISD fine arts department completed a detailed survey and answered questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and other factors that affect access to music education for students.
To learn about the NAMM Foundation, visit www.nammfoundation.org.