For milestone twentieth year, Henrico Schools among America’s “Best Communities for Music Education”

Henrico, Va. March 28, 2019 – For the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation, Henrico County Public Schools is the ultimate earworm: the industry group can’t get HCPS out of its head. For the twentieth straight year, the group selected the school division as one of America’s top places for music education. Henrico Schools has received the honor annually since the group began awarding it in 1999. HCPS is the only school division that has been recognized for all 20 years of the program.
Recipients were informed of their selection to the list this week.
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 families who believe in music education and work to make music education accessible to all students.
“This recognition says a lot about our teachers, and about the diversity and inclusiveness of our program offerings,” said Rick Tinsley, Henrico Schools’ music education specialist. “It’s also indicative of the strong support for music education within our school division leadership and in our community. Henrico County has tremendous students and music educators and we appreciate when their dedication is recognized.”
Studies have shown an association between exposure to the arts and academic and civic engagement.
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. 
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