Chagrin Falls Schools Receives National Recognition for Music Education Support for Third Straight Year

Chagrin Falls Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.  This is the third consecutive year the District has received this recognition.   

Now in its 25th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement for providing music access and education to all students. 

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Chagrin Falls Schools 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 by school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“There is wonderful music-making happening here at Chagrin Falls Schools,” said Casidy Reed, Director of Bands. “I am very proud to teach such wonderful students who are committed to excellence. Along with the support from our families, our boosters, and our community, we are able to strive to continue to improve our program and provide more opportunities for our students.”

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music: After two years of music education, researchers 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. In addition, everyday listening skills are stronger in musically trained children than 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.