Seguin ISD’s music education program receives national recognition for the fourth consecutive year

Once again, Seguin ISD has earned the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.


Now in its twenty-third 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.


“Music education and the fine arts play an important role in shaping student success in Seguin ISD. At Seguin High School, our students can choose from a wide variety of music based offerings, including band, choir, mariachi, guitar, music composition and dual credit music appreciation courses. At our two middle schools we offer, band, choir and mariachi. Plus, high school and middle school students can participate in musical theater. The foundation is set at our elementary school with general music for kindergarten through fifth grades,” said Jason Adam, Seguin ISD director of fine arts.


“This honor is an awesome validation of the hard work by the teachers, the dedication of the students and families, and the support of the school board and administration to provide quality educational opportunities for all students in Seguin ISD. We look forward to receiving this award for the fifth straight year in the spring of 2023.”


To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Seguin ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.


Since congressional passage in 2015 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and a stated emphasis on a well-rounded education, many school districts have re-committed to music and arts education programs and found that in this time of a national pandemic, the arts provide a valuable way to keep students engaged in school. ESSA provides designated funding for well-rounded educational opportunities through Title IV Part A Student Academic Success and Achievement grants. NAMM Foundation research has revealed that these grants are being widely used by school districts to address instructional gaps to access music and arts education.


Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. After two years of music education, researchers found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores than their less-involved peers and that students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school, but also to attend college as well. Everyday listening skills are stronger in musically trained children than in those without music training. Significantly, listening skills are closely tied to the ability to perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention, and keep sounds in memory. Later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound. Young adults and even older adults who have not played an instrument for up to 50 years show enhanced neural processing compared to their peers. Not to mention, social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.


Seguin ISD serves more than 7,000 students. Dr. Matthew Gutierrez leads the district as superintendent of schools.