BOURBON – Triton received the SupportMusic Merit Award from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for its commitment to music education.
Triton joins 472 communities, 376 school districts and 96 schools across the country to receive the award this year.
The SupportMusic Merit Award is awarded to individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students, according to a press release provided by Triton.
To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, Triton answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kan., an affiliate of the University of Kansas.
The release states, “This is an important award for the community and school, the release states. Music is something that involves everyone whether you are a performer or listener. The Triton Community supports our school and the arts in many different ways. The school has achieved an ‘A’ rating from the State of Indiana for its academics and now with the recognition from the NAMM corporation our school will be one of our nation’s top schools.”
As Triton finalizes its 2014-2015 budgets, the announcement of receiving the NAMM Foundation's SupportMusic Merit Award brings attention to the importance of keeping music education part of school's core education for all students and music's vital role in student's success in school.
The SupportMusic Merit Award is an important part of the NAMM Foundation's efforts to advocate for school-based music education. Numerous studies have demonstrated that learning to play music can boost other academic and social skills, such as math and learning to cooperate in a group, the release states. The NAMM-funded “Cost of Music Education” study found that a comprehensive K-12 music education program cost an average of $187 per student per year in the sample district.
Triton School Corporation has an enrollment of 967 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
The release states, “Even though we are a small rural school we are known for our high academics, sports and music. Our school is partnered with IVY Tech offering students an opportunity to receive an associate degree through dual enrollment. The Triton Community is made up of three communities Bourbon, Etna Green and Tippecanoe.
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported in part by NAMM and its nearly 9,000 members around the world with the mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry.
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