(Milledgeville, GA.) The Baldwin County School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education for a fifth straight year in a row. The Baldwin County School District is one of only six districts in the state of Georgia to earn the national distinction with Clarke, Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Putnam Counties rounding out the list.
“This recognition brings attention to the importance of keeping music education part of our curriculum offerings and available to all students. We are very appreciate of the support of our Board of Education for their strong commitment to music education through funding, staffing, and access,” said Superintendent Dr. Noris Price.
The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Research demonstrates the educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who participate in music education. After two years of music education, research found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores than their less-involved peers and that students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school, but also to attend college as well. Everyday listening skills are stronger in musically-trained children that in those without music training. Significantly, listening skills are closely tied to the ability to: perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention, and keep sounds in memory. Later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound; young adults and even older adults who have not played an instrument for up to 50 years show enhanced neural processing compared to their peers. Not to mention, social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.
About The NAMM Foundation
The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 members around the world. The foundation advances 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.