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Solon Schools Named 2020 Best Community for Music Education!

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Solon Schools Named a 2020 Best Community for Music Education
Noting that music and the arts continue to nurture and connect communities during these challenging times, the NAMM Foundation today honored the Solon City Schools with a 2020 Best Communities for Music Education Award for its outstanding commitment to music education. Solon joins just 754 other school districts nationwide in receiving the designation from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. 

“The award celebrates districts and schools that are working hard to assure that music education is part of a well-rounded education available to all students,” said Mary Luehrson, executive director of the NAMM Foundation, in a video message to award recipients. “We hope this award at this time lifts teachers, parents, school administrators, community leaders and most of all students and supports the commitment we all share to advance music education for students everywhere.”

For Solon, the award reflects the depth of both school-based and community-wide music programming and performance opportunities for students. “The strong commitment to the arts within the district’s educational program is a source of pride for our entire community,” said Solon Schools Superintendent Pro Tem Fred Bolden. “Congratulations to our students, staff and families, as well as the Solon and Glenwillow communities. For our students: Keep playing and making music at home. We have seen amazing examples of your music already during your at-home digital classes. We can’t wait until we can hear your voices and instruments again in our school buildings.”     

To qualify for the Best Communities in Music designation, the Solon Schools provided comprehensive information about commitment to standards, funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, music instructional time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. The NAMM Foundation’s reviewers assessed the quality of the district’s music faculty and budgetary commitment to music education, among other factors, and the data reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

The award also recognizes the district’s leadership in providing learning opportunities as outlined in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all students.

“Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational, cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music,” according to the NAMM Foundation. “Everyday listening skills are stronger in musically trained children than in those without music training. Significantly, listening skills are closely tied to the ability to perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention and keep sounds in memory. The social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills and how to give and receive constructive criticism.”