Deer Park’s Arts Shine with Another Best Music Designation

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Deer Park has once again been awarded with a Best Communities for Music Education designation by the NAMM Foundation, honoring the district’s strong commitment to music education.

The annual survey, now in its 17th year, highlights school districts which place exceptional emphasis on maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum and highlights music’s crucial role in students’ academic skills and success. The BCME’s Best Communities award is decided on a variety of metrics reviewed by the University of Kansas-affiliated Institute for Educational Research and Public Service, including student enrollment in music courses, Advanced Placement or honors weighted music courses offered, the number of minutes per week devoted to both classroom music and performing ensembles, and the appropriate districtwide staffing of certified music teachers.

“We are proud that NAMM has named us again to the Best Community for Music Education program, as it recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, community organizations and community leaders who work together to assure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum,” said Bradley Murphy, the district’s curriculum associate for fine and performing arts. “It is through the diligent work ethic and talent of these parties that Deer Park continues to shine in the arts.”