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Bryan ISD Named One of the Best Communities for Music Education

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. This is the second year in a row for Bryan ISD to receive this prestigious recognition.

“This is a recognition that should make our entire community proud,” said Bryan ISD Superintendent Ginger Carrabine.  “It reinforces that students in Bryan ISD receive one of the best music educations in the entire United States and that Bryan ISD is dedicated to high-quality Fine Arts."

This recognition means that Bryan ISD excels in the areas of supporting music programs, instruction time, music class participation, facilities, graduation requirements, music program funding and community outreach.

“It's such an honor for our teachers and students to receive this award for the second straight year,” said Pat Corbett, Bryan ISD Director of Fine Arts. “The Best Communities for Music Education award from the NAMM Foundation is very special for Bryan ISD because it is an acknowledgment of the support for music education from our district leadership, the board of trustees, and the entire Bryan community”

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music: After two years of music education, researchers found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores than 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 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. Not to mention, social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.