Manor Independent School District has been named a National 2019 Best Community for Music Education Award recipient by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. MISD received this award for its outstanding commitment to music education, and is one of only two Central Texas districts, 68 in Texas, and 623 nationwide to receive the honor this year.
In its 20th year, the Best Communities for Music Education distinction is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement to provide music access and education to all students. Manor ISD has designated three schools as Fine Arts Academies: Decker Elementary, Oak Meadows Elementary, and Decker Middle School. MISD offers unique programs such as Classical Guitar, Mariachi, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Show Choir, as well as traditional music offerings. The music programs have also reached new heights and have earned several top awards in recent years.
“I am beyond proud of our music educators in Manor ISD and the work they continue to do with our students,” said MISD Fine Arts Director Renferd Joseph. “Knowing first-hand what music does for a student is part of the ‘why’ that drives our work in education.”
“The Manor ISD Fine Arts Department’s mission is to pour the arts into students’ hearts,” said Manor ISD Superintendent Dr. Royce Avery. “This is another example of our district’s commitment to offering diverse paths to student success.”
To qualify, MISD Fine Arts leaders answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music programs. Responses were verified with district officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit made up of approximately 10,400 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.