New research shows students involved with community music programs demonstrate improvement in subjects such as reading, but Southington educators have known that for years. With countless titles, sold out shows, and an endless throng of Southington students pursuing music at the next level, the music program is one of the most decorated programs in Southington schools.
That’s why it’s no surprise that the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has recognized the Southington Public School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. It’s the second time that Southington has received the prestigious award.
For 16 years, BCME has recognized school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of 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 Center for Public Partnerships and Research, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.
“Our Music Program is something we take immense pride in,” said Jeff Shaw, Southington’s K-12 music specialist, in a press release from the NAMM Foundation. “We have a very talented and dedicated staff who bring out the best in our students. This recognition is a testament to their work and our communities commitment to Music in our schools.”