Kingsport named in Best 100 Communities for Music Education05.06.2005
The American Music Conference has named Kingsport City Schools as one of the "Best 100 Communities For Music Education" for the second year in a row.
The award is based on the quality of Kingsport City School's music education program, diverse course offerings, student participation rates, and community support.
Kingsport City Schools is the only school district in Tennessee to receive the award. The 2005 roster includes school districts from 34 different states whose commitment to quality music education — measured across a variety of economic, curricular and programmatic criteria — has enabled them to stand out despite the many pressures on music programs across the country.
Kingsport City Schools Community Relations Coordinator Amy Greear said the school system applied for the award in February through a multi-page survey. The survey included questions concerning music education course offerings, music opportunities in and out of school, facilities and equipment related to music education, and community support for music programs.
Kingsport City Schools offers courses in concert and marching band, jazz ensemble, electronic music, orchestra, choral and chamber choirs. Music education is a required curriculum component in the elementary and middle school grade levels. Approximately 25 percent of high school students also participate in an elective music education course.
Kingsport City Schools also dedicates 2-5 percent of its budget to music instruction, including teacher salaries, equipment, and extracurricular programs. The schools' individual Booster Club organizations also contribute considerable funds to upgrading those programs, offering individual music tutoring scholarships for students, and paying for additional instructional aides for school music programs. In addition, the school system is embarking on construction of a $1.8 million band and orchestra building that will be located on the campus of Dobyns-Bennett High School. This project should be completed by the 2006-2007 school year.
"We are extremely pleased to have received the award for a second year,'' said Kingsport City Schools Superintendent Richard Kitzmiller. "Our school system is fortunate to have many highly qualified music educators and tremendous community support which enable our students to achieve in the fine arts."
This is the sixth year that the American Music Conference has offered the award program, designed to recognize school districts whose commitment to quality music education can be measured across a variety of economic, curricular and program criteria. The unveiling of the survey results is part of National "Music In Our Schools" month.
For more information on the survey results, please check the American Music Conference website at www.amc-music.org. Questions concerning Kingsport City School's music programs should be forwarded to Amy Greear at 423-378-2123.