Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Music committment by SD Unified recognized

The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation has named the San Diego Unified School District as one of the nation's top communities for music education.

The annual award this year recognized the district for its "commitment to music education." San Diego Unified is one of 307 districts across the nation to receive the honor.
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“There is overwhelming research tying music education to higher overall student success in school and in life,” said Executive Director Mary Luehrsen. “The designation reveals the elements of music programs so educators, administrators, teachers and students can see what they have, what they need, what they have accomplished, and what work needs to be done to strengthen their music education now and for the future.”

Despite large budget reductions in recent years, the San Diego Unified Board of Education has supported keeping music and arts education as part of school curriculum. Staff has continually pursued grants and other funding opportunities to continue music programs throughout the district.

For more information on the program, contact Dr. Karen Childress-Evans, Director, Visual and Performing Arts Program, at kchildress-evans@sandi.net.