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FWISD Earns Sixth Best Communities for Music Education Designation

For the sixth year in a row, the NAMM Foundation has recognized Fort Worth ISD among the nation’s Best Communities For Music Education. The award acknowledges the District’s commitment and achievement in providing music education for all students.

"We all know how music makes us feel as people, it connects us, it comforts us, and in many ways, it shapes us. Our program and educators across the District do an incredible job in bringing music home for our 85,000 FWISD students in ways that help make music come alive for each of them, both collectively and individually,” said Dr. Marcey Sorensen, FWISD assistant superintendent of Teaching and Learning. “I would also like to recognize our dedicated District Leadership in our Visual and Performing Arts Department, who work tirelessly with our Music teachers across FWISD to ensure that we have high quality programming in all of our FWISD schools. Together, we make music happen in FWISD."

Christina Walk, FWISD’s Visual and Performing Arts executive director, said she’s “very proud of our teachers, students, and staff who continue to do great things while having a positive impact on our community." 

“I am grateful to have our teachers and staff recognized for their hard work,” she said. “We offer a fabulous educational experience through music at every level.”

Districts that “answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music programs” are eligible for the designation, according to The NAMM Foundation, a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants. Responses are verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas, the foundation reports.

“This award recognizes that Fort Worth ISD is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA),” a statement from The NAMM Foundation reads. “The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.”

Research shows “educational/cognitive and social skill benefits” to children with access to music education, according to The NAMM Foundation. 

“Participating in music classes really motivates students to be collegial, to participate with one another and to be creative in that participation. All studies show the self-esteem from the study of music is enormously beneficial to the students,” said Dick Clardy, director of Instrumental Music. “Educational research studies also reveal that the right brain thinkers are more creative and are also problem solvers – this is comforting and tells us that they can cope and deal with the situation that we are experiencing at this time with the current pandemic.”

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