Americas High School performing at the Marchfest 2018, SISD Student Activities Complex, El Paso Texas, October 20, 2018, Andres Acosta El Paso Herald-Post
On Thursday afternoon, officials with the Socorro Independent School District announced that the district had earned its third consecutive Best Communities for Music Education Award from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation.
“This national recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our teachers, students and staff,” said Armando Martinez, SISD director of fine arts. “Being awarded Best Communities for Music Education for three consecutive years is a reflection of the support and belief by SISD in the importance of music education and the impact it has on the development of each individual student. Team SISD truly provides endless opportunities in all facets of life.”
The prestigious award recognizes school districts who provide access to music education and the arts to ensure all students receive a well-rounded education.
“It is a great honor to receive the NAMM Best Communities in Music Education recognition once again,” said Janet Lynch, SISD instrumental music specialist. “We are so fortunate to have highly qualified teachers and award-winning music programs in SISD. These teachers and students go above and beyond to achieve greatness!”
SISD qualified for the Best Communities for Music Education Award based on funding, staffing, commitment to standards and access to music instruction.
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.
This school year (2018-2019) all elementary students are taking a music course, 51 percent of middle school students are taking a music class, and 30 percent of high school students are enrolled in a musical program.
In addition, 66 percent of SISD’s 46,900+ students have experienced music education at their schools.
Studies show that even a few years of musical training early in life improve how the brain processes sound, and benefits of early exposure to music education last well into adulthood, years after the training has ceased, according to the NAMM press release.
Socorro ISD is the only district in the region and one of 623 honorees in the nation to be recognized as a leader in music education.