ESM Music Program Receives National Honors
For the 4th year in a row, ESM has been recognized with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. ESM is among only 4% of districts nationwide to receive this prestigious award in 2017.
The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education for all students. The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum.
This award recognizes that ESM is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, awaiting state implementation, designates music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overall success in school and the personal benefits of making music.
Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. At Northwestern University a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the University it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.
Other studies have indicated that music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel.
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants.