NISD wins second Best Community for Music award

NISD wins second Best Community for Music award
Posted on 04/13/2021
NISD wins second Best Community for Music award

Once more, Nacogdoches ISD has good news to trumpet – for the second straight year, it’s been named a Best Community for Music Education. The district received word last week about the award.

NISD earned its first Best Community award from the National Association of Music Merchants, or NAMM, a year ago, during the early days of the pandemic. While the timing of the award in 2020 brought a bit of normalcy during a period of uncertainty, said NISD Director of Fine Arts Paulette Tomlinson, this time the district will be able to acknowledge the award in a more conventional fashion.

“We are so honored to have been named a NAMM Foundation 2021 Best Community for Music Education,” Tomlinson said. “This meant so much a year ago, but it will be wonderful this spring to have a much more public celebration of all the hard work from our district’s music department.

“We are tremendously proud of our music team and students and know that this recognition is a testament to the remarkable work done each and every day in our music classrooms. It is also a reflection of the outstanding support of our leaders, families, and community. NISD not only values music education, but recognizes the importance of investing in our programs to allow them to continually grow stronger.”

Now in its 22nd year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, NISD answered 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 Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

The award recognizes and celebrates the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and parents who believe in music education and are working to ensure that it is part of a well-rounded education for all children.

“What a magnificent accomplishment,” said NISD Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo. “Our music programs mean so much to the district, and those students and their teachers and directors should be proud of this achievement.”

The award enables educators to draw attention to music programs that might sometimes be overlooked or not fully understood by members of the public beyond the school community.

“Involvement in the arts has been shown to strengthen and enrich academic performance for students,” said NISD Chief Academic Officer Dr. Daya Hill. “Our programs, once again, have improved at all levels across the district, and this award is one measure of that progress.”

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