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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.
together to play in bass ensembles and work with a guest artist. There were over 30 bassists from the absolute beginner
to college students to adults playing as a group. This year, TUSD teachers as seen in the picture from left to right:
Paul Ensey, Lisa Brown, Philip Alejo, Kenn Marrs, and Michael Geddes, were featured playing bass quintet music.
Bass Jam is a fun day for all and a great way to inspire the future and connect with peers!
Joan Ashcraft, DMA, Director
2025 E. Winsett
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 225-4900
Fax: (520) 225-4863