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Randolph Recognized as Best Community for Music Education
Randolph Township Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Randolph has received this recognition for a total of 13 years since 2003 including 7 consecutive years from 2014-2020.
Now in its 21st year, the Best Communities for 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, Randolph answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for music programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
“Receiving this designation for the 2019-2020 school is a great honor and continues to provide evidence of the pure dedication our music teachers along with the Administration, Board of Education and the Community demonstrate in providing the absolute best musical experiences for the students of Randolph,” said Frank Perrone, Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts. “Randolph continues to have a long-standing reputation as being one of the most respected and strongest music programs in the state, and we are very proud of that fact.”
This award recognizes that Randolph is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing, while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.
Research on music education continues to demonstrate 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. Research has also found 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. 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. Not to mention, social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.
A 2015 study supported by The NAMM Foundation, “Striking A Chord,” also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.
The Randolph K-12 Music Department has 19 vocal and instrumental music teachers, with approximately 1440 students participating in band, choir, and orchestra. The district has approximately 445 choir students, 560 orchestra students, and 430 band students. K-8 general music classes at the elementary and middle school levels along with Music Technology, Music Theory and Piano at the High School level are offered in our district.
About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.