BCSD Music Education Program Receives National Recognition
The Baldwin County School District (BCSD) has been named one of the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. BCSD is one of only six districts in the entire state of Georgia, and only one of 4% of all districts in the country, to receive the prestigious recognition for 2017.
“The faculty, staff and students of our Fine Arts programs are some of the most talented individuals that you will find in the entire country. This recognition is an incredible achievement and reward for all of their hard work and dedication. It also demonstrates the high commitment and access to music education we offer our students and their families here in Baldwin County,” said Superintendent Dr. Noris Price.
The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. This award recognizes that BCSD is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, and awaiting state implementation designates music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.
“This recognition brings attention to the importance of keeping music education part of our curriculum offerings and available to all students. We appreciate the support of our Board of Education for their strong commitment to music education through funding, staffing, and access,” said Superintendent Dr. Noris Price.
Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. In a series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers 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.
Beyond the Northwestern research, 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.
A 2015 study, “ Striking A Chord” supported by the NAMM Foundation, also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.
About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by The National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. Its mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.