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Hudson among 20 WI districts recognized for music education

A total of 20 Wisconsin school districts are being recognized by The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation as Best Communities for Music Education (BCME). In cooperation with researchers at The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas, NAMM each year selects school districts that deserve recognition as being among the Best Communities for Music Education and individual schools that are honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award (SMMA). The NAMM Foundation designated 583 of the nation's 13,600 school districts this year as Best Communities for Music Education and 135 individual schools as recipients of a SupportMusic Merit Award.

The Hudson and Glenwood City school districts were both among the 20 schools listed.

The Wisconsin school districts being awarded the 2018 BCME designation are: Chilton Public Schools, Delavan-Darien, Glenwood City, Green Lake, Greendale, Hortonville Area, Hudson, Kenosha Unified, Kettle Moraine, Kimberly Area, Lake Mills Area, Manitowoc Public, Platteville Public Schools, Elmbrook, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, United Community Center, Inc., Watertown Unified, West Allis-West Milwaukee and Whitehall.

This year, The NAMM Foundation and the University of Kansas are recognizing school districts in 41 states, along with individual schools in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Those honored include both schools and districts that have never been recognized before, as well those that have received recognition multiple years in a row.

Research studies continue to demonstrate the physical, cognitive and social benefits of music making. Students who are involved in a school-based music program are not only more likely to graduate high school and attend college; also, only a few years of musical training early in life improves how the brain processes sound, even later in life. Social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills and learning how to give and receive constructive criticism.

The BCME program and the SupportMusic Merit Award evaluate schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction.

To review the list of the 583 Best Communities in Music Education, visit nammfoundation.org/articles/2018districts.

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