The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has selected Fort Bend ISD as one of the 2013 Best Communities for Music Education. FBISD is among 307 school districts in the nation to receive this year’s prestigious distinction and has been selected for this recognition for four consecutive years.
In its 14th year, Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.
The BCME survey requires districts to answer 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 Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.
“In Fort Bend ISD, music education is an integral part in equipping students with the 21st Century skills of creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration, which are essential for future success.” said James Drew, FBISD Director of Fine Arts. “Receiving the Best Communities for Music Education designation for a fourth consecutive year corroborates the quality of our district’s music education programs, and supports the FBISD Fine Arts Department mission of instilling a life-long appreciation for music in all students.”
As Fort Bend ISD finalizes its 2013-2014 budgets, the announcement of this year’s Best Communities for Music Education designation brings attention to the importance of keeping music education part of school’s core education and music’s vital role in student success in school.
The BCME designation is an important part of the NAMM Foundation’s efforts to advocate for school-based music education. Numerous studies have demonstrated that learning to play music can boost other academic and social skills, such as math and learning to cooperate in a group. The NAMM-funded Cost of Music Education study found that a comprehensive K–12 music education program cost an average of $187 per student per year in the sample district.