RCS music program receives national recognition for second year

Graphic says "2019 BEST Communities for Music Education. Proud BCME District. NAMM Foundation"The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District has been honored, for the second year in a row, with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

“We are grateful to be part of such an amazing district and thrilled that the entire community could again be recognized for their incredible support of our program,” RCS High School Choral teacher Michelle McLoughlin said.

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 award recognizes that the district is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.

“Specifically as music teachers, it is wonderful to hear confirmation that we are providing our very talented students with the high level of music education they so deserve.” McLoughlin said.

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. Not to mention, social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.