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April 22, 2024

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RCS Schools Music Program Receives National Recognition

Rutherford County Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

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, music educators in Rutherford County Schools 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.

Rutherford County Schools is committed to ensuring every student has opportunities to reap the benefits of music education and to pursue their interests in music and the arts.

At a time when many school districts across the county limited access to music education during the COVID-19 pandemic, RCS employed research-based mitigation strategies and music-specific technology resources to ensure students were able to continue making music.

Students in RCS have a variety of musical options to choose from throughout their K-12 careers, including courses in general music, band, orchestra, choir and music theory.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 members around the world.

The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational, cognitive and social benefits for children who make music.

After two years of music education, researchers found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech than their less-involved peers and students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school but are also more likely to attend college.

Everyday listening skills are stronger in children with music training than in those without music training. Listening skills are closely tied to the ability to perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention and keep sounds in memory.Later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound. Young adults and even older adults who have not played an instrument for up to 50 years show enhanced neural processing compared to their peers.

Social benefits of music education include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.

About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.