LEXINGTON, Ky. (4/10/14) — Fayette County Public Schools is among 2014’s Best Communities for Music Education, according to the NAMM Foundation, which recognizes districts and individual schools that set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music programs.
FCPS was the only district in Kentucky selected.
“This is a wonderful affirmation,” said Nancy Campbell, FCPS district music content leader (orchestra). “For a community the size of Lexington/Fayette County, we have a very lively and robust musical environment. Our students have a wealth of opportunities to develop their musical skills and appreciation and to be exposed to a vast world of music inside and outside their school experience.”
“Our (school) board has been so supportive of our music programs,” added Kim Lyon, 2020 Vision program manager in FCPS. “They have a great understanding and appreciation of the importance of the arts, both for its intrinsic value and how it impacts and influences student academic achievement.”
The NAMM Foundation applauds the efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders working to assure that music education is part of the core curriculum. More than 2,000 schools and school districts participated in this year’s survey, resulting in a 21 percent increase in designations. Executive Director Mary Luehrsen noted that the Best Communities designation and the SupportMusic Merit Award “bring hard-won visibility to music classes, programs and departments that are keeping music education alive in our schools.”
Now in its fifteenth year, the BCME program evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. The NAMM Foundation, with the assistance of researchers at The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kan., evaluate participants on these factors. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and greater access to music education.
- 376 districts as Best Communities for Music Education
- 96 individual schools as SupportMusic Merit Award winners (includes three in Kentucky)
Information provided by Fayette County Public Schools
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