HPSD Music Program Receives National Recognition

Hoboken Public School District’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition
Posted on 04/13/2021



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RELEASE DATE: Tuesday, April 13, 2021



Hoboken Public School District’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition


The Hoboken Public Schools Music Program receives this distinguished recognition for the second straight year. 



Hoboken, NJ, April 13, 2021The Hoboken Public School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education for the second year in a row.

Now in its 22nd year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the Hoboken Public School District answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for music programs. Responses were verified and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“Music education is critical to the fabric of the Hoboken Public School District,” said Superintendent of Schools, Christine Johnson. “Receiving this designation validates the passion and dedication shown by our music staff and student musicians.”

This award recognizes that the Hoboken Public School District is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing-while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.

“Music education teaches life lessons and brings joy to everyone,” said Coordinator, David Stasiak. “We continue to expand our bands, choral and orchestra programs and are seeing great success.”

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. After two years of music education, research found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores than their less-involved peers and that students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school, but also to attend college as well. Everyday listening skills are stronger in musically-trained children that in those without music training. Significantly, listening skills are closely tied to the ability to: perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention, and keep sounds in memory. Later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound; young adults and even older adults who have not played an instrument for up to 50 years show enhanced neural processing compared to their peers. Not to mention, social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.

A 2015 study supported by The NAMM Foundation, “Striking A Chord,” also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.

About The NAMM Foundation

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 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.

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