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Northeast Times | December 1, 2021

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KISD Among Best Communities For Music Education For 5Th Straight Year

KISD Among Best Communities For Music Education For 5Th Straight Year

Keller ISD has earned the Best Communities for Music Education designation for the fifth consecutive year from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Now in its 20th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in the efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Keller ISD received this honor after review of its funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and overall support for music programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. After two years of music education, research 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.

In Keller ISD, general music instruction begins in kindergarten as all elementary children work with certified music specialists through the fifth grade. Band and choir are offered beginning in sixth grade and students have the opportunity to continue through 12th grade. Students not only have the opportunity to perform at concerts, pep rallies, sporting events, and at UIL contests, but can participate in individual events such as Solo & Ensemble Contest All-Region, Area, and State auditions. KISD String Academy is also offered as an after-school orchestra program for students in grades 2-12.