District joins music coalition

The Clark County School District is the first school system in the country to join a group of more than 100 organizations that intends to strengthen music education in schools and communities.

Last week, the district joined the SupportMusic Coalition, made up of more than 120 organizations representing 7 million Americans who strive for complete education in school curricula, including music and fine art programs.

The SupportMusic Coalition is spearheaded by two organizations, NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, and the National Association for Music Education.

Trustee Mary Beth Scow said the district’s participation with the coalition shows its dedication to music and arts.

“We’re the first school district, and that’s very prestigious,” Scow said. “It shows we have nationally recognized programs for music and fine arts.”

In February, the VH1 Save the Music Foundation named the district as the third annual recipient of the School Board Award for Distinguished Support of Music Education. The award was given to the district for ensuring that all students have an opportunity to receive a high quality education in music.

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