For the ninth consecutive year, the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation has named Northwest Independent School District to its Best Communities for Music Education list, an honor given to just 527 school districts in the entire nation.
School districts named to the list are awarded for their demonstration of outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music education and access to all students. The honor is bestowed based on a collective effort by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders.
This year, the award program named just 45 of the more than 1,200 Texas school districts to the list.
Northwest ISD was first named to the Best Communities for Music Education list in 2009 and has been named to the list every year since. The district provides students with musical opportunities at every education level, from introductory courses at the elementary level to award-winning choirs, bands, ensembles and theatre groups at the high school level.
Kevin Lacefield, Northwest ISD’s executive director of fine arts, said the district’s consistent inclusion in the list serves as a testament to a community that cherishes quality music programs.
“We’re extremely proud to once again be named to such a prestigious list,” he said. “This is a direct reflection of the community support for music education as well as the outstanding students and teachers of Northwest ISD.”
For consideration on the list, school districts must provide detailed information regarding funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities and support in regards to their music programs. This information must also show how districts provide access to music education to their students. Responses are reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas and advisory organizations after being verified with district officials.
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