The Moshannon Valley School District’s Music Education ProgramReceives National Recognition
Houtzdale, PA- April 5, 2017 – The Moshannon Valley School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education for the 3rd time from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The Moshannon Valley School District is one of 4% of districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2017. “Having our school receive the distinction isquite an honor. It is a testament to theefforts by our music educators and talents of our students,” said KrisAlbright, Moshannon Valley Jr.-Sr. High School Principal.
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 Moshannon Valley School District answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school official sand reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
This award recognizes that Moshannon Valley School District is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlinedi n the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, and awaitingstate implementation designates music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children. “Music education is an important component in our goal of providing aquality education to students. Learning music assists with preparing students to learn, facilitating student achievement and developing the creative capacities for lifelong success,” said Albright.
As MoshannonValley finalizes its 2017-2018 budget, The NAMM Foundation’s Best Communities for Music EducationAward and the state level implementation of the federal ESSA law bring attention to the importance of keeping music education part of curriculum offerings and availableto all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overallsuccess in schooland the personal benefits of making music. “Music education is important to me becauseit is what I look forward to every day in school. The music room is where I can express myfeelings, be comfortable, and most importantly, be myself. I have made everlasting friendships withother students through music and memories that I will never forget,” said KarlySherkel, 11th grade student at MVHS. Cayli Duttry, a fellow 11th grader at MVHS, echoed Sherkel’sfeelings on the influence music education has had on her school career. “Without music education, I would know noneof the things I know about music today. I wouldn’t have been inspired to pursue music throughout high school oraspire to be a music teacher. Being inmusic has been the best part about high school and I don’t know where I wouldbe now if I was never influenced by my music teachers.”
Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and socialskill benefits for children who make music. In a series of landmarkstudies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University a link was found betweenstudents in communitymusic programs and life-long academicsuccess, including higher high school graduation rates and collegeattendance. In anotherstudy from the University it was discovered that the benefitsof early exposureto music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds,a trait that lasts well into adulthood.
Beyond the Northwestern research, other studies have indicated that music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel. A 2015 study, “ Striking A Chord” supported by the NAMM Foundation, also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.
The Moshannon Valley School District, is a small district consisting of 880 students in grades K-12 and located in rural Central Pennsylvania, Clearfield County. According to www.usa.com,a national population resource, in 2014, there were approximately 9,274 people residing in the Moshannon Valley School District, which encompasses 94.14 square miles and includes the townships of: Beccaria, Gulich, Jordan, Bigler,Woodward and the following boroughs: Houtzdale, Ramey, and Glen Hope. The District’s Mission Statement is “Working Together to Ensure Every Student Succeeds.” The vision of the district is “students strive for learning excellence in a community that takes pride in our schools.”
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supportedin part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. Its mission is to advance 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.
Tyson Project A+
I have exciting news! The Moshnnon Valley Music Association is participating in the Tyson Project A+ program, a fund-raising program sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. Through is program, we can raise up to $12,000 for the Music Association this year! The money will go towards the purchase of new uniforms, equipment or anything else needed by the Music Department. It’s an easy way to raise much needed funds by sending Tyson Project A+ labels from products you probably already buy.
Here’s how it works: Just clip and collect Tyson Project A+ labels from participating Tyson product packages and send them to school with your child. I will collect the labels and send them to Tyson Foods, and Tyson Foods will send our Music Association a check. Each label is worth 24 cents.
I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about the program. You can also find details online at ProjectAPlus.tyson.com.
I hope you’ll all join us in collecting Tyson Project A+ labels this year and spread the word to your friends and relatives. It’s such an easy way to raise much needed funds for our Music Department!
Todd J. Sproull Work Phone: 378-7616, ext. 2102
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Moshannon Valley S.D.
Tyson Project A+ CoordinatorName: Mr. Todd J. SproullPhone: (814) 378-7616, (2102)E-Mail: email@example.com