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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Port Allegany School District named Best Community for Music Education

The National Association of Music Merchants has recognized 527 school districts for their outstanding music education programs. This year Port Allegany School District was included on the list of Best Communities for Music Education (BCME). Music teachers, Annamaria Myers, Kenneth J. Myers, and Brad Stewart, along with Port Allegany Superintendent, Gary Buchsen, applied earlier this year and were recently notified of this honor.

Now in its 18th year, the awards program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum. Designations are made to districts that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. These districts and schools set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education. The BCME program evaluate districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction.

The designation takes on added significance this year with new research showing strong ties between K-12 school students who actively participate in school music education programs and overall student success. A recent study of students in the Chicago Public Schools by brain researchers at Northwestern University, detailed in Neuroscientist and Education Week, builds on previous findings that participation in music education programs helps improves brain function, discipline and language development.

“Studying music has intrinsic benefits and, on its own, is core to learning. Also, the links between student success and music education have now been demonstrated by brain researchers in multiple studies,” said Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director of The NAMM Foundation. “The schools and districts our foundation recognizes are building on that connection between music and academics. These schools and districts are models for other educators who see music as a key ingredient in a well-rounded curriculum that makes music available to all children, regardless of zip code.”

From coast-to-coast, schools recognized by The NAMM Foundation are engaging students and their communities through music. “We have been awarding the Best Communities for Music Education for 18 years,” said Luehrsen, “and it is heartening to see how many parents and community members check to see if their schools have been recognized. Parents are choosing to live where schools are committed to music education offerings that are part of the curriculum.”

Pictured are members of the Port Allegany Music Department with their music teachers Annamaria Myers, Kenneth J. Myers and Brad Stewart as well as PASD superintendent Gary Buchsen. Port Allegany was recently designated one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation.


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