The Spring Hill School District is one of five in Kansas to be listed among the 2013 Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). The designation recognizes schools or districts that preserve music programs and make music education a vital part of their curriculum.
“The Spring Hill Board of Education and the administration continues to support fine arts in our schools, which means that our students have many opportunities to explore music,” said Georann Whitman, choral director for Spring Hill High School. “In addition, numerous studies have shown that learning to play music can boost students’ academic achievement as well as increase engagement in school.”
To be recognized with the honor, a school district must provide access to music education from grades kindergarten through 12. The district’s music curriculum begins early in elementary school and branches out into band, choir and orchestra by grade 5 and continues throughout high school.
Other Kansas school districts recognized by NAMM in Kansas include Wichita, Goessel, Norton and Westmoreland. NAMM, which is a not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the music industry, partners with The Institute for Education research and Public Service to honor school districts with a commitment to music education.