The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has announced the results of its eighteenth annual "Best Communities for Music Education" survey, which acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support of music education in schools.
This is the ninth consecutive year, twelfth time overall, that West Genesee has been recognized for this honor.
This year, 2,076 West Genesee students, grades 3-12, chose to participate in one of the bands, choruses, orchestras. This represents 56.8% of our district is enrolled in just the performing ensembles. The total district wide enrollment in music classes and performing groups is 3,126. We are thrilled that it represents 68.2% of the entire school district population. Our middle school band, orchestra, choral and 6th grade general music programs have robust enrollments of 754 unduplicated students representing 71.4% of our entire middle level enrollment. In West Genesee High School, 440 non-duplicated students are enrolled in our performing ensembles. That represents 27.1% of our entire high school population that choose to learn and perform with us. Even as our total district enrollment declines, our music enrollment numbers remain constant from past years in every area!
Additional extracurricular opportunities exist in jazz bands, band and string elementary honor groups, small ensembles, musical productions, community group performance opportunities, and our State and National champion "Wildcat" Marching Band.
Now in its 18th year, the BCME program evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction. The NAMM Foundation evaluates participants on these factors. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and greater access to music education.
The complete list and a press release can be read at the NAMM Foundation web site located below:
Thank you to the following music teachers responsible for this impressive program: Anthony Alvaro, Christine Astafan, Tracy Berner, Gregory Borsz, Leah Causer, Tracy Cheney, Marcia DeMartini, Kevin Dimmel, Deanna Fitzpatrick, Martha Grener, Katie Hess, Christy Knowlton, Erin McConnell, William Mercer, Margaret Mercer, Andrew Perry, Andrea Scerbo, Donald Schuessler, Rosemarie Speich, and Michael Stachnik.
Director of Fine Arts Bill Davern noted, "I am so very proud of our West Genesee students and teachers being recognized for this honor. This competitive award is proof positive that outstanding instruction, in concert with positive administrative, community, and Board of Education support, produces recognized quality at a national level for all of our children. The documented proof that music education improves student performance in every area at every age is undeniable. We continue to push the envelope of excellence!"
Superintendent Brown stated, "We could not be more proud of our students and staff for working so hard to receive this accolade once again. Our Fine Arts program is the definition of sustained success. "