For the fifth year in a row, Frisco ISD has been named as one of the 2021 Best Communities for Music Education in the United States. The District was recognized for its outstanding commitment to music education and achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
Frisco ISD joins 686 districts from across the country in receiving this esteemed award from NAMM Foundation, a national non-profit.
“We are extremely proud of our district music educators for being recognized publicly for their collective efforts in educating the whole child through immersive and integrated arts experiences across Frisco ISD,” said Fine Arts Coordinator Chris Cansler. “Research shows that the benefit of a music education lives far beyond the classroom.”
“Students who participate in music exhibit enhanced social benefits, teamwork skills and how to give and receive constructive criticism. Fine arts is more than the final product, it’s about the process of facing a challenge and overcoming it.”
Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.
To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the Frisco ISD Fine Arts department answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
Studies continue to show a strong connection between music and academic success, particularly in reading, math and learning in group settings, making it an important part of a well-rounded program that meets the needs of the whole child.
Learn more about the Best Communities for Music Education designation.