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Board of Education Recognitions

Posted: May 24, 2021

Fine Arts Department

The Fine Arts Department was recognized for being a Best Community for Music Education.

The APS Fine Arts Department has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.  This designation was awarded to the APS Fine Arts Department for demonstrating outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the Fine Arts Department answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs.  

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational, cognitive, and social skill 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 and reading scores than their less-involved peers and that students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school, but also to attend college as well. 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. 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 a music education include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.

Thank you to our Fine Art Department for all they do to help our students succeed, not only now, but in their future lives as well!