The NAMM Foundation has recognized Mexico Academy and Central School for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation.
MACS joins 388 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious distinction in 2015; almost a third of the list came from New York State, and only two schools from Oswego County received the title.
To qualify for the award, MACS 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 Center of Public Partnerships and Research, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.
A study examined the influence of music education on nonmusical abilities, the effects of music lessons on academic performance and cognitive abilities.
The study revealed that students who participated in music lessons showed statistically higher intelligence quotients. (Source: Glenn
Schellenberg, “Music Lessons Enhance IQ,” Psychological Science, Vol.15, No. 8, 2004.)
MACS offers students many options to grow as musicians including marching band, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, wind ensemble concert choir, chorale, drama productions and more.
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its nearly 9,200 members around the world.
The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.
For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.