Carroll County Public Schools has been honored as one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for the sixth consecutive year.
“It is a great honor to be recognized for his exceptionally high commitment and access to music education,” said Karl Stewart, assistant supervisor of fine arts for the school system.
The designation was awarded to 738 school districts and 80 schools in 44 states “for the outstanding efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders and their support of music education as part of a comprehensive education for all children”. according to a press release.
Public school districts in Maryland counties that were recognized, aside from Carroll, included Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Frederick, Howard, St. Mary’s, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester.
To qualify for the award, districts completed a detailed questionnaire about funding, graduation requirements, music class attendance, instruction time, facilities, and school board and community support. community, according to a press release.
Stewart said he credits the success of the program to all music teachers in the school system.
“Our music teachers are on the front lines of providing the best possible educational experiences for our students,” he said.
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The school system’s music program has been recognized for its achievements at the state and national levels, including several students selected to participate in the 2021-2022 All-State ensembles, according to the news release.
Additionally, Tamba Giles, a music teacher at Sandymount Elementary School in Finksburg, received a 2021-2022 Outstanding Teacher Award and is a finalist for the CCPS Teacher of the Year Award. Rachel McCusker, a music teacher at Linton Springs Elementary School, was Carroll County’s 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year and was recently elected to a second term on the Maryland State Board of Education.
Also this year, the Century High School Marching Band was selected to represent Maryland in the 2022 Pearl Harbor Day Parade in Hawaii. The parade is scheduled for December.
“Their success is a direct reflection of the quality education provided by the music staff at Century High School and our school district,” Stewart said.
The Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade is held annually on December 7, the anniversary of the attack. “The purpose of the parade is to honor and pay tribute to Pearl Harbor survivors, veterans, active duty service members and their families,” according to www.pearlharborparade.org.
“Our selection to be the representative of the Maryland Marching Band in this year’s Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade is the culmination of much diligence and perseverance by members, staff, and past and current directors of the Century High Music Program. School,” said Sara Norris Workman, director of the Century High School group.
“We’re just one program recognized with this honor…there are groups and teams across the county who work as hard as we do and are as dedicated as we are and it’s always exciting to see when the hard work of music county teachers are recognized,” added Workman.