EDINBURG – The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District is one of 527 school districts and 92 schools across the nation being recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding music education programs.

“We are very excited and honored to once again receive this prestigious award. This is the second time that we’ve received this award and I’m hoping that it’s not going to be the last time,” ECISD Fine Arts Director Nelinda Villarreal said. “This recognition signifies how strong the music program is in Edinburg.  We encourage all of our parents and all of our community members who have children to bring them over to be part of this award-winning program.”

In cooperation with researchers at the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas, and based on survey results, the NAMM Foundation each year selects school districts to be recognized as being among the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME), while individual schools with excellent music education receive the Support Music Merit Award (SMMA).

Now in its 18th year, the awards program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. These districts and schools set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education.

"Studying music has intrinsic benefits and on its own, is core to learning.  Also, the links between student success and music education have now been demonstrated by brain researchers in multiple studies," said Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director of the NAMM Foundation. "The schools and districts our foundation recognizes are building on that connection between music and academics. These schools and districts are models for other educators who see music as a key ingredient in a well-rounded curriculum that makes music available to all children, regardless of zip code."

The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 10,300 members around the world. The NAMM Foundation works to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.