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Richland Two recognized as one of the best in the nation for music education

3/29/2019

Richland School District Two has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. 

Now in its 20th year, 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. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the district answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities and support for the music programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“Providing quality music education to all students is a vital part of our mission as we are committed to creating, sustaining, and investing in a culture and environment of excellence where all are afforded the opportunity to maximize their gifts and talents as they pursue their pathway to purpose,” said Wendy Campbell, Richland Two Coordinator of Fine Arts.

This award recognizes that Richland Two is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing-while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.