McKinney, Texas - For the fourth consecutive year, McKinney ISD has been honored with the designation of Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation for the district’s outstanding commitment to music education. 


Now in its 21st 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, MISD submitted detailed information about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instructional time, facilities and support for the music programs. Program information was verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. 


“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the NAMM Foundation for the fourth consecutive year,” said Dr. Dan White, MISD director of fine arts. “Being recognized at a national level for the quality fine arts program in our district is a tribute to the work of our outstanding fine arts teachers.”


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 than their peers who did not participate in music education and that students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school, but also to attend college.


Everyday listening skills are stronger in musically-trained children than 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. Social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills and how to give and receive constructive criticism.