Lincoln-Way Central High School receives national recognition for Music Education Program
Friday, April 20, 2018

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, the Lincoln-Way Central High School Music Department was honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The SupportMusic Merit Award recognizes individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, the Lincoln-Way Central High School Music Department 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.

“Learning improves in school environments where there are comprehensive music programs,” says Lincoln-Way Central Principal Dr. Steve Provis. “It is our belief that music and academics go hand in hand at Lincoln-Way Central High School. Musical activities help students develop self-esteem, self-discipline and cooperation skills necessary for success in life.”

This award recognizes that Lincoln-Way Central is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides policy 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 is transformative, uplifting, thought-provoking and essential to the human experience,” says Music Department Chair Stacy Williams-Jackson. “Mike Bultman, Nate Jackson, Chris Mroczek and I are so appreciative of the enthusiastic support we receive through the Lincoln-Way administration, Dr. Steve Provis, our LWC Music Boosters and our community to continue to instill a lifelong love of music in our students.”

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 research, other studies have indicated that music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well as learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel.

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.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 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. Those who wish to learn more about the NAMM Foundation can visit www.nammfoundation.org.