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Proud "Best Communities for Music Education" District!

April 18, 2020 - Points of Pride

Our district’s music department has received national recognition after earning the Best Communities for Music Education designation for its outstanding commitment to music education!

Now in its 21st 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.

“Our district leaders really work hard to ensure that ALL students have the opportunity to study music, regardless of their socio-economic background,” said Brian Dell, Director of Bands at Plant High School. 

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation extensively analyzed the funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities and support for the music programs prior to announcing the designation.

“This acknowledges the extremely hard word of our music teachers and students,” said Ted Hope, HCPS Supervisor of Secondary Music Education. “It also expresses the importance of our School Board and Administration in valuing a comprehensive education in the total education of the child.”

District support for music education is extremely evident when you consider the broad music options HCPS offers compared to other districts across the nation.

“We are one of the few districts in the country to offer band, chorus, AND orchestra in the majority of our middle and high school sites,” explained Dan Dubay, Director of Bands at Blake High School. “We even offer strings classes at some of our elementary schools.”

The Best Communities for Music Education award recognizes that our district is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces prior testing which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing-while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children. 

“We (directors) recognize the role music plays not only in the enrichment of our students’ academic well-being but, more importantly, in the enrichment of their human spirit,” said Bruce Herrmann, Director of Bands at Durant High School.


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