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PSHS Receives National Music Merit Award

Palm Springs High School has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Palm Springs High joins 92 schools across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2017.

The SupportMusic Merit Award is awarded to individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Schools that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs. Palm Springs High Director of Bands Brian Ingelson received notification of the honor on Tuesday evening. This is the first time PSHS has won this award.

“I feel very proud that we have been recognized for our commitment to music education,” said Ingelson. “Teachers, volunteers, parents, the school, District and community are all important to helping students develop their skills for personal fulfillment, careers in the arts and/or careers that use the arts, which is just about every career!”

To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, Palm Springs High 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.

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. A series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University found a link between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the University, it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood. Beyond the Northwestern study, other reports indicate that learning to play music can boost academic and social skills, such as processing math and learning to cooperate in group settings.