Frisco honored as one of Best Communities for Music Education

Frisco Independent School District has been honored as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the United States in 2016 for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Frisco ISD joins 476 districts from across the country in receiving this prestigious award from NAMM Foundation, a national non-profit foundation. FISD was also a winner in 2013.

The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, FISD 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.

“This honor is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our talented teachers who put in long hours coaching students and building our outstanding music programs,” said Frisco ISD Fine Arts Director Richard Oldham. “Thanks to the support of parents, administrators, School Board members and the community, our students have multiple opportunities to participate and excel at the highest levels.”

Frisco ISD offers band, orchestra and choir at all middle and high school campuses. Some schools are also home to guitar and harp programs. Additional fine arts programs include art, cheerleading, dance, drill team and theatre.

Frisco ISD music programs and students consistently earn top state and national honors. Among them:

Forty-six students were selected for one of 15 All-State band, orchestra and choir ensembles in 2016, the highest honor a music student can receive in Texas.

Marching bands from Wakeland and Centennial high schools advanced to the finals in the Texas State Marching Band Contest in 2015, placing fifth and ninth, respectively.
Band and orchestra students from six Frisco ISD schools were lauded for their performances through the 2015 Foundation for Music Education Mark of Excellence competition.

The Liberty High School Symphony Orchestra was selected to perform at The Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 2015. The clinic is one of the largest conventions for music education.

The Fowler Middle School Percussion Ensemble was the only middle school percussion ensemble in the country chosen to participate in the 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), an expo which draws thousands of drummers, percussionists and exhibitors from around the world.

Studies continue to show a strong connection between music and academic success, particularly in reading, math and learning in group settings, making it an important part of a well-rounded program that meets the needs of the whole child.

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