FWCS Named Best Community for Music Education – The Waynedale News
Fort Wayne Community Schools received the designation of Best Communities for Music Education from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education for the third consecutive year. 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 Best Communities designation, FWCS answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class attendance, instruction time, facilities, music program support and community music creation programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by the University of Kansas Music Research Institute.
Since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015 and the emphasis on comprehensive education, many school districts have recommitted to music and arts education programs. During the pandemic, music and arts programs have been a vital part of keeping students engaged in school. ESSA provides designated funding for comprehensive educational opportunities through Title IV Part A Student Academic Achievement and Achievement Scholarships. NAMM Foundation research has found that these grants are widely used by school districts to bridge the pedagogical gaps in access to music and arts education.
Music education research continues to demonstrate the educational/cognitive and social benefits of children making music: After two years of music education, researchers found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how brain processes speech and reading scores than their less engaged peers. and that students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate from high school, but also go on to college. Daily listening skills are stronger in musically trained children than in those who are not musically trained. Significantly, listening skills are closely related to the ability to: perceive speech in a noisy environment, pay attention and remember sounds. Later in life, people who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound: young adults and even older adults who haven’t played an instrument in 50 years show improved neural processing compared to their peers.
Not to mention, social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.
The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit organization supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members worldwide. The foundation advances active participation in musical creation throughout life by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org