The SupportMusic Merit Award recognizes individual schools demonstrating outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, Eagle High School 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.
This award recognizes Eagle High School is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015 and awaiting state implementation, designates music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.
As Eagle High School finalizes its 2017-2018 budget, The NAMM Foundation’s SupportMusic Merit Award and the state level implementation of the federal ESSA law bring attention to the importance of keeping music education part of curriculum offerings and available to all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overall success in school and the personal benefits of music making.
“The Eagle High School Music Department strives to be a community of musicians that recognizes creativity as an essential aspect of the human experience, and a place where individual and community creativity are blended toward a higher purpose. We prepare students to be lifelong participants in music, as professionals, volunteers in local community and church ensembles, and as audience members. We achieve this through the comprehensive study of the discipline on both a theoretical and practical basis.”
-Eagle High School Music Department’s Philosophy
Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. A series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University found a link between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the University, it was discovered the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait lasting well into adulthood.
Beyond the Northwestern research, other studies have indicated music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well as learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel.
A 2015 study, “Striking A Chord” supported by The NAMM Foundation, also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.
Eagle High School has been the recipient of the Idaho High School Activities Association’s Schools of Excellence Award eight times, and second place four times out of its 13 years of existence. The music department at Eagle High School offers a variety of music opportunities to all students. Eagle High School offers multiple ensembles and multiple levels including; Women’s Choir, Men’s Choir, Acapella Choir, Jazz Choir, Chamber Choir, Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Junior Varsity Jazz band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Marching Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band. We also offer non-ensemble classes including: Beginning Guitar, Advanced Guitar, Music Awareness, Music Theory, and AP Music Theory.
About the NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. Its mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.