The Conroe Independent School District was honored at the July 17 Board meeting for receiving the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Award for the seventh year in a row. The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to advancing music education through active participation.
“Let me thank you, our CISD Board of Trustees, for your support and our administrative staff that allow opportunities like this to be possible,” stated Dr. Robert Horton, Conroe ISD Coordinator of Fine Arts, as he shared about the award. “Of the 14,000 potential applicants and over 2,000 school districts that applied, Conroe ISD was selected as one of the 535 in the nation to earn this designation, this national award.”
Board Member Scott Moore remarked, “Music education is so important and is such a high priority for this Board to see that Fine Arts in general receive high priority in this District. We are honored to do that for the students, for you, and we thank the educators that are here for the hard work and the well-rounded individuals that they turn our students into.”
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 nineteenth 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.