The follow was sent to us from our coordinator for Performing Arts in Fulton County, Dr. David W. Vandewalker:
Fulton County Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. This is the 19th consecutive year FCS has received this distinction. Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. In a series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance.
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. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the FCS Performing 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.
Music is an essential part of life, and we couldn’t be more proud of the students, parents and teachers in our community who have worked so hard to make sure that in our students, we’re making a sound investment.
We are extremely honored to be in this great group of educators. Bravo Fulton County!