GALVESTON — The Galveston Independent School District has been awarded as one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for 2014.
This year, the NAMM Foundation will designate 376 districts as Best Communities for Music Education and 96 schools as Support Music Merit Award winners. These districts and schools set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education.
The BCME program applauds the efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders working to assure that music education is part of the core curriculum.
Galveston ISD has again been chosen as one of the Best Communities for Music Education.
“In the midst of our struggles post Hurricane Ike, with diminished funding from the state for the past several years, our school board has been supportive of keeping music in every school and available to every child,” said Stephen Duncan, director of fine arts. “We live in a community filled with art and music. Few towns of less than 50,000 people in the nation have their own symphony, their own ballet, theaters and art galleries. Galveston is a community where people make a living in the arts and that certainly makes us a wonderful place for arts education.”
GISD is one of 29 districts in Texas named to the list, and the only district in Galveston County.
Band Central Station (the local member of NAMM) will make the official presentation later this semester.