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Fort Worth ISD’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition for the 7th Year in a Row!

The Fort Worth ISD has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.  This is the seventh year in a row that the District has received this honor. 

Now in its 22nd year, 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. 

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Fort Worth ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

"We know from research that music has a profound impact on brain development academic success, and social-emotional learning,” said Dr. Marcey Sorensen, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning.  “There are lots of studies that tell us the impacts that music has on our student's brains.  But what we don't quite emphasize enough is the sheer joy that music brings to all of us.  It brings out our humanity, our shared emotions, struggles, and triumphs.  That is the real reason we all need robust music programming in our schools.  Just the sheer joy..."

Since the passage by Congress in 2015 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and a stated emphasis on a well-rounded education, many school districts have re-committed to music and arts education programs and found that in this time of a national pandemic, provides a valuable way to keep students engaged in school. ESSA provides designated funding for well-rounded educational opportunities through Title IV Part A Student Academic Success and Achievement grants. NAMM Foundation research has revealed that these grants are being widely used by school districts to address instructional gaps in access to music and arts education.

About NAMM
The NAMM 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



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