MISD has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education


Mercedes ISD receives “Best Communities for Music Education” designation


MERCEDES – Mercedes Independent School District earned the “Best Communities for Music Education” designation for the third time by the NAMM Foundation, a national non-profit that advances active music participation in communities. The NAMM Foundation honors school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.


According to MISD Director of Band & Fine Arts Guy McKinney, to qualify for the designation he needed to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. His responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.


“It’s a thorough process, so when the NAMM Foundation recognizes your district’s music program it’s an incredible honor,” McKinney said. “It really highlights the importance of music education in our schools and what it means to the students and the community.


“We know music is important for students to receive a well-rounded education, and that is why the district promotes the music program and has a high level of student participation,” said Superintendent Carolyn Mendiola, M.Ed. “We are proud of the Best Communities designation and our exceptional music program.”


Research shows that students who participate in music education for just two years show better reading scores and listening skills than their non-musically trained peers. They are also more likely to graduate high school as well as college.


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. For more information about the NAMM Foundation or music education, visit NAMMFoundation.org.