For the third year in a row, Tyler ISD has received a Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. School districts receive the Best Communities for Music Education designation by demonstrating outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
Tyler ISD Director of Visual and Performing Arts Sandy Newton says that only 80 school districts across the state, and 636 districts across the country, receive the distinction. “This national recognition is a tribute to the robust and comprehensive music programming led by dynamic and talented educators in Tyler ISD,” Newton said. “We are thankful to Tyler ISD leadership, our Board of Trustees, and our community for supporting our efforts to provide rich musical opportunities and experiences for students.”
To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Tyler ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses are verified with school officials and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
“Even through the challenging circumstances we faced last year due to the pandemic, we knew it was important to continue providing music education opportunities to our students,” Newton continued. Elementary campuses hosted virtual choir concerts and performances. Middle and high school students participated in all UIL music competitions and evaluations and had successful marching competition seasons. Tyler ISD also continued its partnership with East Texas Symphony Orchestra and hosted the East Texas Honors Orchestra featuring high school orchestra students from across East Texas.
For more information about the NAMM Foundation or the Best Communities for Music Education award, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.