Liz Evans, Nederland. Nederland Middle Senior High School once again received the SupportMusic Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education – one of 92 schools across the country to receive the prestigious award this year.
The SupportMusic Merit Award is awarded to individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, Nederland Middle Senior High School 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 Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.
Elizabeth Evans, the Music and Theater Director at Nederland MSHS says, “Nederland MSHS has amazingly talented students and the NMSHS Music Department continues to give students opportunities to perform at their best. “This is a great time to be recognized with such a notable award. In this time of budget cuts and challenges to arts funding, it keeps Nederland MSHS in the news as one of the best music programs in the country.”
The SupportMusic Merit Award is an important part of the NAMM Foundation’s efforts to advocate for school-based music education. Numerous studies have demonstrated that learning to play music can boost other academic and social skills, such as math and learning to cooperate in a group. The NAMM-funded Cost of Music Education study found that a comprehensive K–12 music education program cost an average of $187 per student per year in the sample district.
As Nederland Middle/Senior High School finalizes its 2015-2016 budget and FTE, the announcement of receiving the NAMM Foundation’s SupportMusic Merit Award brings attention to the importance of keeping music education part of the school’s core education for all students and music’s vital role in students’ success in school.
About NAMM Foundation:
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its nearly 9,000 members around the world, with the mission of advancing active participation in music-making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs from the international music products industry. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.