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It's official - TUSD Fine Arts/OMA Received a 2016 Best Communities for Music Education Designation

TUSD's Music Education Program Receives National Recognition
Tucson Unified School District named a Best Community for Music for the 3rd time

Tucson, Arizona. (March 31, 2016) – The Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Acknowledged for the third consecutive year, TUSD is the only school district in Arizona to receive this recognition.

The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

Dr. Joan Ashcraft, TUSD Director of Fine Arts/OMA, credits this achievement to the remarkably dedicated and uniquely talented music staff that serves the District’s 49,000 students. "Our 16 year research study, conducted initially by WestEd, Inc., has provided robust evidence to fully support the importance of music in the education of children: academically, artistically, and socially. We are grateful for TUSD Leadership’s unwavering support of our mission and goals."

Community music programs have been drawing increased attention because of a landmark study by Northwestern University brain scientists. These researchers found new links between students in school music programs and academic achievement.

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