Wednesday, April 9, 2014

District recognized for music education

Blaine is only one honored in state of Idaho


Wood River High School musicians perform in 2012 at the ribbon cutting for the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater, which before remodeling was known simply as the auditorium at the district’s Community Campus.
Courtesy photo

     For the second year in a row, the National Association of Music Merchants, known as the NAMM Foundation, has recognized the Blaine County School District for its commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation.

     The district announced the designation this week. According to a news release, the Blaine County School District is the only district in Idaho to receive the designation and is one of only 367 districts nationwide.

     With the designation, the NAMM Foundation, now in its 15th year, affirms that the Blaine County School District has “demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.”

     “This is a reflection of community support for music education in our schools as well as our outstanding educators, students, parents and community partners who work so hard to make music education a highlight of the Blaine County education,” stated interim Superintendent John Blackman.

     “We are proud that we have music specialists in every school and that we can give students exceptional music education opportunities, and we are grateful for that. We are also grateful for the outstanding partnerships that enhance our music education programs significantly.”

     According to the news release, a Best Communities for Music Education designation is based upon funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community education programs.

     Music education in the district is provided to students in grades K-12. The district has trained and certified music specialists in every school and has band, choir and orchestra teachers at the secondary level.

     Wood River High School Orchestra Director Rebecca Martin organized the application to the NAMM Foundation.

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