2016 Best Communities for Music Education

    Moshannon Valley’s School District’s MusicEducation Program Received National RecognitionHoutzdaleCommunity named a Best Community for Music for the 2nd  time.


    Houtzdale,PA. (March 24, 2016) – The Moshannon Valley School District has been honoredwith the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMMFoundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Moshannon Valleyjoins 476 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious award in2016.

    The Best Communities MusicEducation designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstandingachievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

    Districts that have beenrecognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for othereducators looking to boost their own music education programs.

    To qualify for the Best Communitiesdesignation, Moshannon Valley 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 officials and reviewed by The MusicResearch Institute at the University of Kansas.

    This award recognizes thatMoshannon Valley is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined inthe new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, replaces No Child LeftBehind Act (NCLB), which was often criticized for an overemphasis ontesting—while leaving behind subject such as music. ESSA recommends music andthe arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.

    The opportunity to learn about music and to demonstratethis learning is an integral part of a well-rounded education. Music helps ourstudents explore relationships, ideas, and their talents.  Our music program also provides MoshannonValley students with valuable experiences working and learning as a team,”said Mr. David Campbell, Moshannon Valley Jr./Sr. High School Principal.“Receiving the Best Communities for Music Education designation, solidifies and demonstrates the commitment and pride that the Moshannon Valley School District maintains in our music education program.”

    As Moshannon Valley finalizesits 2016-2017 budget, the NAMM Foundation’s Best Communities for MusicEducation Award and the implementation of the federal ESSA law bring attentionto the importance of keeping music education part of the school’s coreeducation for all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’overall success in school

    Community music programs havebeen drawing increased attention because of a landmarkstudy by Northwestern University brain scientists. Theseresearchers found new links between students in community music programs andacademic success in subjects such as reading.

    Beyond theNorthwestern study, other reports indicate that learning to play music canboost academic and social skills, such as processing math and learning to cooperatein group settings.


    A 2015 study, “Striking A Chord” supported bythe NAMM Foundation, also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers andparents for music education opportunities for all children as part of theschool curriculum.

    About The NAMM Foundation:


    TheNAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association ofMusic Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. Thefoundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan bysupporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public serviceprograms. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.





    Tyson Project A+


    Dear Parents:


    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

    Director of Bands/Choirs                                                        Email: tsproull@movalley.org

    Moshannon Valley S.D.

    Tyson Project A+ Coordinator


    Name: Mr. Todd J. Sproull
    Phone: (814) 378-7616, (2102)