Seguin ISD Music Education Program Receives National Recognition for Fourth Consecutive Year

(Seguin) — Once again, Seguin ISD has been awarded the Best Communities for Music Education designation by the National Association of Music Merchants (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.

“Music education and the fine arts play an important role in the success of students at ISD Seguin. At Seguin High School, our students can choose from a wide variety of music-based offerings, including orchestral, choir, mariachi, guitar, music composition, and music appreciation lessons. double credit. In our two colleges, we offer an orchestra, a choir and a mariachi. In addition, high school and middle school students can participate in musical theater. The foundation is established at our elementary school with general K-5 music,” said Jason Adam, Director of Fine Arts at Seguin ISD. “This honor is a tremendous validation of the hard work of teachers, the dedication of students and families, and the support of the school board and administration to provide quality educational opportunities for all students at Seguin ISD. We look forward to receiving this award for the fifth consecutive year in the spring of 2023.”

To qualify for the Top Communities designation, Seguin ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class attendance, instruction time, facilities, program support music and community music creation programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by the University of Kansas Music Research Institute.

Since Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015 and its focus on comprehensive education, many school districts have recommitted to music and arts education programs and have found that in this time of national pandemic, the arts provide a valuable means to keep 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 fill educational gaps in order to access 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 the brain processes speech and reading scores than their less involved peers and students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate from high school, but also go 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, to pay attention and to retain sounds in memory. 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.

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