CCUSD’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition for Third Consecutive Year

April 18, 2022

For the third year in a row, CCUSD has been awarded the Best Communities for Music Education designation by the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Now in its 23rd year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education for all students.

To qualify for the Top Communities designation, CCUSD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class attendance, instruction time, facilities, music program support and community music creation programs.

“This designation once again reflects our district’s commitment to music education programs in which every student benefits. We are fortunate to have the Culver City Education Foundation and a strong community that understands the importance of music. arts education,” said Heather Moses, CCUSD’s District. Artistic coordinator.

CCUSD has vocal and instrumental music in all elementary schools as well as a strong partnership with Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO). CCMS offers band, orchestra, choir, and CCHS offers multiple musical opportunities for students, including orchestra, jazz ensemble, choir, and band. This extensive programming is made possible through multiple community partnerships such as Symphonic Jazz Orchestra and Culver City Music Center.

The Culver City Education Foundation (CCEF) has been a key partner in ensuring that every student receives a music education. Since the beginning of the collaboration with SJO in 2001, the music education program has grown from one class in one school to more than 2,000 students each year in each CCUSD elementary school. The CCEF has also supported the music program by providing more than $200,000 in funding to purchase musical instruments for middle and high school bands and orchestra programs, thanks to a generous grant from the Fineshriber Family Foundation.

These instruments allowed for expanded access to the music program for students who previously could not afford to provide their own instrument. CCEF also funds recorders (or rhythm sticks) for every 3rd grade student and SmartMusic learning software for middle and high school instrumental music students.

Music education research continues to demonstrate the educational/cognitive and social benefits of children making music. This includes improved reading scores, better listening skills, increased ability to pay attention. Students who have received a musical education are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college as well.

Social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.

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