Wauwatosa School District Receives Third Consecutive Best Communities for Music Education Award
For the third consecutive year, the NAMM Foundation has awarded the Wauwatosa School District with its Best Communities for Music Education Award. Now in its 22nd year, the Best Communities for Music Education award recognizes teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who provide music access and make music part of a well-rounded education for children.
“We are thrilled to once again receive this tremendous honor from the NAMM Foundation,” said Phil Ertl, WSD Superintendent. “This designation is a reflection of our dedicated teachers and staff, who do an incredible job of delivering music education and providing our students with opportunities to get involved with music in a variety of ways. Our music education program continues to be a point of pride for our educational community.”
The Wauwatosa School District encourages students to get involved in music at an early age. Students in fourth grade can begin participating in choir and orchestra, while band starts in fifth grade. In sixth grade, world music is offered as an additional musical elective, followed by contemporary music and culture in seventh grade and music and media in eighth grade. At the high school level, students can take part in concert band, choir and orchestra, digital music production, jazz ensemble, vocal jazz ensemble, chanteurs, chamber choir, symphonic band and symphony orchestra.
To qualify for the Best Communities designation, WSD staff 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 Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.