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Owego Apalachin Central School District’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

The Owego Apalachin Central School District, for the 2nd consecutive year, has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

OACSD is one of 623 school districts across the nation to receive the Best Communities for Music Education designation by The NAMM Foundation.

“I am pleased that our districts music education program is being recognized and celebrated for the vast opportunities that our students are able to participate in and experience, for the second year in a row.  Our district-wide approach and the support from the entire Owego Apalachin community are among the contributing factors to receiving this designation. It would not be possible without our excellent music staff, talented students, supportive administrators and our community stakeholders.”  Corey Green, OACSD Superintendent

Now in its 20th 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, the OA music department answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music programs.

“Music education is important to me because of the emotional connection.  Getting to play music in all different genres helps me to feel emotions that the people who wrote the music might have felt.  In that way, music education is more like psychology because we learn understanding and the human thought process behind the music - something so prevalent in today’s society and culture.”  Kathryn Shoen, Owego Free Academy Junior (Concert Band, Jazz Band and MTB)

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/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 that their less-involved peers and 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 that in those without music training. Significantly, 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.

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.

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