Posted: Monday, April 4, 2016
Greenville County Schools Recognized as Best Community for Music Education
Greenville County Schools is among 476 school districts across the United States to be recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation as the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME). BCME recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who work together to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum.
“Greenville County Schools is honored to have been selected by the NAMM Foundation as a Best Community for Music,” said Bradley Wingate, Academic Specialist for Visual and Performing Arts. “Recognition of our music programs speaks to the amazing work that goes on in each of our schools and to the high-quality instruction students are provided by their teachers. We are so very fortunate to have some of the absolute best music educators in the country leading our music programs and are extremely grateful for the ongoing support provided by the district administration and the community.”
Participation in music and the arts have been shown to contribute to lower dropout rates, higher graduation rates, higher ACT scores, and all the while, children learn the joys of music and all the life skills it fosters.
The BCME program evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, community support, and participation and access to music instruction. The NAMM Foundation, with the assistance of researchers at The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas, evaluates participants on these factors. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.