Mansfield ISD Named Among Nation’s Best Communities for Music Education
By Mansfield ISD Communications
Posted on May 05, 2022, May 05, 2022

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Mansfield ISD has a nationally renowned fine arts program, and the district was recently named one of the top places in the country for music education.

MISD has been honored with the 2022 Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. It is given to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

In addition to honoring communities with an exceptionally high commitment to music education, this year’s award celebrated schools and districts adapting, innovating and persevering in the face of change.

“It is a great honor and privilege,” said Dr. Darwert Johnson, MISD’s director of fine arts. “The district, staff, students and the community have been great partners of the arts; and it is refreshing to see their appreciation of the arts be recognized on the national level. We have such an amazing community, stakeholders, staff and district leaders in Mansfield ISD, and this recognition wouldn't be possible without their dedication to our music programs.”

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, districts answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses are then verified and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

The Best Communities for Music Education program is in its 23rd year. A total of 738 school districts and 80 schools across 44 states were recognized for their support for music education as part of a well-rounded education for all children. View the full list of awardees here.

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