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District 518 honored for its music education program

District 518 Schools have been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. 


Now in its 25th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement for providing music access and education to all students.


To qualify for the Best Communities designation, District 518 Schools 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 by school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.


Stated District 518 Superintendent John Landgaard in a press release: "Our District 518 music program exemplifies the district's mission of excellence in action by continuing to provide many opportunities for our students. Traditionally, our music programs are built with support to continually improve and excel. We are proud of our student musicians, staff, and supportive community."


A statement from the District 518 Music Department says, "Simply put, Worthington understands that music provides our students a common ground with which to explore our humanity and the world around us. We don't have to speak the same language or share the same beliefs to create something beautiful together. Music is critical to a complete public-school education, and we are proud to be music educators in Worthington, Minnesota."


District 518 Schools also touts its collaborative partnerships with Ray's Midbell Music, Popplers Music, the Worthington Area Music Boosters Organization, Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra, The "Amazing" Worthington City Band, Memorial Auditorium, and the Worthington Chamber Singers. 

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