By Joshua Huff, sports editor
TRUSSVILLE — Trussville City Schools remains as one of the top communities in the nation in its effort to provide students with quality access to music education.
TCS was awarded with the Best Communities for Music Education honor by The NAMM Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade association that supports programs, research and activities that promote music-making.
The honor is the fifth straight for Trussville City Schools. TCS joins 10 other schools districts in Alabama to earn the honor.
The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts across the nation that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
To qualify for the Best Communities designation, music teachers are made to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities and support for the music programs. Those responses were then reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
According to TCS, “this award recognizes that Trussville City Schools 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.”