OPS Music Education program receives national recognition

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Owensboro Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for the second consecutive year.

Now in its 22nd year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, OPS answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“The outstanding support of our OPS school board, administration and world-class arts teachers gives every child, regardless of their background, the opportunity to explore in every form of artistic expression,” said OPS Fine Arts Coordinator Tom Stites. “‘Every Art for Every Child’ works for the students of Owensboro Public Schools. This recognition validates the decision of our district to support music education.”

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