MCPS music program picks up national honor

Posted at 10:30 AM, Apr 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 12:30:16-04

MISSOULA – The Missoula County Public Schools music education program has received national recognition for its outstanding commitment to music.

MCPS was recently honored with the Best Communities for Music Education from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. It’s the third year in a row MCPS to earn this distinction.

The Best Communities for Music Education is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the work our music educators do every day in their classrooms. This award validates their hard work and the amazing success we see when our students perform at the state and national level,” said MCPS Fine Arts Supervisor John Combs.

“Music education is immensely important for all children because we learn the skills needed to effectively work as a unified community, learn about empathy through musical interpretation, and explore personal attitudes and emotions that are so tightly woven within musical expression,” added Big Sky High School band director Jesse Dochnahl. “ Studying music in school helps us become curious, self-directed, self-assessing, lifelong learners. And there is so much joy in exploring music, the root of it all!”

MCPS offers music education to all students in grades K through 12.