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Dracut Public Schools Honored With The Best Communities For Music Education Designation

Mar 29, 2019 05:48AM ● By Bill Gilman
(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the office of Dracut School Superintendent Steven Stone.)

The Dracut Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.
Now in its 20th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts from across the United States that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the district provided information about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for its music programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
"The tremendous dedication of our music teachers, administrators, students, and the broader Dracut community have earned Dracut Public Schools this well-deserved distinction. I look forward to the continued growth of our music programs," said Dr. Carolyn Cardella, who is completing her first year as the district’s Coordinator of Performing Arts.
Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational, cognitive, and social skill benefits for children who make music. Students exposed to music education, over time, showed more substantial improvements in school than 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. In support of music education, a 2015 study supported by the NAMM Foundation entitled, "Striking a Cord," outlined the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.
In celebrating the recognition of the Dracut Public Schools music education program, Superintendent of Schools, Steven Stone said, “My personal experience of playing a musical instrument from elementary through high school provided me with a life-long love of music. I have fond memories of the friendships, risk taking, competition, and comradery of achieving common goals that music provided me. Support of music education will always be one of my priorities.”

About The NAMM Foundation: 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 www.nammfoundation.org.
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