The Conroe Independent School District was honored at the April 19 Board meeting for receiving the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Award for the fifth year in a row. The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to advancing music education through active participation.
“Of the 14,000 potential applicants and over 2,000 school districts that applied, Conroe ISD was selected as one of the 476 in the nation to earn this designation,” commented Dr. Robert Horton, Conroe ISD Coordinator of Fine Arts. “I wanted to thank each of you on the Board for not only giving us the opportunity to have this recognition for the exemplary work by the music educators of CISD, but also for your support of music education in Conroe. We appreciate you so much.”
Established in 1999, the BCME survey is a nationwide search for communities who provide access to music education as an essential part of a complete education and exemplify commitment and support for music education. The seventeenth annual survey measured a variety of factors, including budgetary commitment to music, opportunities to learn music, the presence of highly qualified, certified music teachers, adherence to state and national standards, types of musical experiences offered and opportunities for performance and competition, among others. A community had to show that they are committed to access and high standards for music education in all areas to be named a Best Community. The Board of Trustees is proud to recognize our Fine Arts Department and District as a whole for its commitment to excellence in music education.
Board Member Datren Williams thanked the teachers for their hard work stating, “As a Board, and as a parent, we can’t say enough about how much we love and support what you do.”
Fine Arts Coordinator Dr. Robert Horton shared about the award on behalf of the Fine Arts Department and Conroe ISD.