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Congratulations! It’s Official – TUSD Fine Arts/OMA Received a 2018 Best Communities for

Music Education Award


TUSD's Music Education Program Receives National Recognition
Tucson Unified School District named a Best Community for Music for the 4th time

Tucson, Arizona. (April 17, 2018) – 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.




    Thirty-five exceptional orchestral Middle School students auditioned and were selected for the 2019 MS Honor Orchestra.  After a full-day of rehearsal with Dr. Tammy Yi, Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Arizona, this talented group will present a concert of five orchestral selections tonight, Tuesday, March 12, at 7:30 PM at Catalina High School Auditorium.  The public is invited free of charge.



       Click on the following link for more information MS Honor Orchestra Festival

       Link to photographs of the 2019 MS Honor Orchestra

       Link to 2019 MS Honor Orchestra -  Concert Program


  • AMEA State Conference - 2019 Hall of Fame Luncheon


    On Friday, February 1, 2019, Dr. Trujillo received the Outstanding Administrator Award

    from the Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA).  Congratulations Dr. Trujillo!


    Click on the following link to read the complete story AMEA State Conference Hall of Fame Luncheon


  • Maggie Olivo's Visit to Alice Vail Middle School
     On Thursday, January 31, 2019, Maggie Olivo visited the Alice Vail Middle School orchestra,

     along with Ben Nisbet an administrator of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.  Maggie Olivo was

     one of the first students in the TSO's Young Composers Project.


    Click on the following link to read the complete story of Maggie Olivo's Visit to AVMS


  • TUSD Fine Arts/OMA Presents at the NAfME - Music Program Leaders Forum


    Click on the following link to see the complete presentation of  Orchestrating Purposeful Leadership



    Photo of band member
    Photographer Kelly Pressnell / Arizona Daily Star

    The TUSD High School Marching Band Exhibition was recently featured in the Arizona Daily Star photo gallery. Take a look at the beautiful photos from this inspiring event!






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