Best Community for Music Education 2022

Best Community for Music Education 2022
Posted on 04/14/2022
Hanover County Public Schools LogoThe National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has named Hanover County Public Schools (HCPS) as a “Best Community for Music Education” for the 10th year in a row.

“Music education is essential to our students’ development and I am grateful for our amazing group of accomplished and passionate educators who work to provide our students with a well-rounded education,” said Dr. Michael Gill, Superintendent of Schools. “Earning this recognition for 10 consecutive years is a testament to their work and demonstrates that the arts are vital to cultivating minds while playing an important role in our community.”

Hanover County is one of only 19 school divisions in Virginia to achieve the coveted status this year. There are 132 school divisions in the Commonwealth.

The NAMM Foundation, a nonprofit organization, awards this designation to school divisions and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment to offering comprehensive music education to all students. It further serves to recognize the outstanding efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum.

“Hanover County Performing Arts is among many of the finest music and arts education programs in the country, and it is wonderful to be recognized,” said Keith Matthews, Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist. “I would like to express my appreciation for the continued support from our school leaders, administrators, teachers, friends, and families in this community.”

Matthews credited Hanover’s dedicated performing arts teachers for the sustained excellence, which continues to be recognized each year.

“We have tremendous performing arts teachers who create so many life-changing opportunities for our students every day. The endurance of our performing arts programs through such challenging times is testament to their hard work and dedication,” Matthews said. “This is the 10th consecutive year to receive this award, and I look forward to many more.”

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