For the 18th year in a row, Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the best communities in America for music education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The school division has earned the designation in each year the group has given the awards.
The designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. The award recognizes the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and parents who believe in music education and work to ensure that music education accessible to all students.
“This reflects the daily dedication of our music educators and the support of our administration for a strong arts program,” said Rick Tinsley, the school division’s music education specialist. “Our community demands a first-class music education for our students, and we’re grateful for those high expectations.”
The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation is funded by music trade association activities and donations. The foundation works to promote music education as an important part of the core educational curriculum. Studies have shown an association between exposure to the arts and academic and civic engagement.