Avoca named Best Community for Music Education

Avoca named Best Community for Music Education
Posted on 05/06/2019
Avoca West Orchestra Students play in 2019 Sizzlin Strings Concert

Avoca School District 37 has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.  Avoca also received this award in 2015.

Now in its 20th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Avoca answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music programs, Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“Avoca is an exceptionally high performing school district both academically and artistically,”
said Superintendent Kevin Jauch. “I am confident, and the research supports it, that the two are intricately connected.”

This award recognizes that Avoca is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing-while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.  Mary Rudzinski, a veteran Avoca strings teacher, stated “modern research has confirmed the benefits of music education including language development, increased IQ, spatial-temporal skills, improved memory and improved test scores.” 

Avoca provides the opportunity for students in all grade levels to participate in music education. Through the general music curriculum, students are exposed to a variety of types of music and are given the opportunity for a chance to perform for the community in different types of settings.  The district supports a flourishing strings program, choirs and is currently considering new options for continuing to support a band program for its students.  Ms. Rudzinski adds, “Avoca parents understand and see how music helps their child's mind grow and show their overwhelming support by fostering these skills in our students.” Avoca recognizes the importance and impact music can have in a students well-being and success in the school setting and strives to provide these opportunities in a thoughtful and responsible manner.    

Image of  Avoca West Orchestra students Aiden Elhadary,  Stephen Stolyarov, and Maeve Gaspar perform during the spring Sizzlin Strings concert at Marie MurphyImage of Avoca Choir StudentsImage of Avoca West Band