Richardson ISD’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

Richardson ISD has been named a 2018 Best Community for Music Education — the ninth time for this national honor.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded through the NAMM Foundation to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. The NAMM Foundation advances active participation in music making by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs.

“This award is a direct reflection on the efforts of all RISD music educators to provide high quality teaching to as many kids as possible,” said RISD Executive Director of Fine Arts, Jeff Bradford. “Our teachers are the reason our kids continue to excel and become difference makers in society. There is no substitution for great teaching and the RISD Fine Arts programs have been consistent in this area for almost six decades!”

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational, cognitive, and social skill benefits for those who make music. Studies have found a link between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. Music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations.

“It’s a team effort on behalf of the students in RISD as the staff, administrators, and community work to support music education,” believes Bradford. “We are honored to have so many different stakeholders involved in supporting music education and look forward to many more years of student lives being positively impacted by our high quality programs and teachers.”

Congratulations to our outstanding Fine Arts students, educators and parents, and thank you to the RISD community for supporting the Arts in RISD!