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For the ninth time in the past 10 years, Katy ISD has been named among the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation, which recognizes schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support for music education. Katy ISD is one of only 12 districts in Texas to receive this recognition for 2012.

“Our music educators constantly go above and beyond their required duties to make sure their students succeed,” says Bob Bryant, executive director of fine arts for Katy ISD. “This recognition is a direct reflection of their commitment. It is evident that our community, administration, and school board supports and encourages quality music education for every student.”

In December, two Katy ISD musical groups, the Taylor High School Symphony and the Beckendorff Junior High (BDJH) Symphony, were selected to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago. The groups, representing two of only nine school groups from around the world selected to perform, were chosen from a pool of more than 150 applicants after undergoing a rigorous application process. Additionally, the BDJH Choir was selected for and performed at the American Choral Directors Association Southwest Division Conference in Dallas.

Katy ISD offers a variety of enriching music programs to its students, including string orchestra, full orchestra, choir vocal ensemble, marching band, concert band, jazz band, and multiple and individual events of solos and small ensembles.

“Students in Katy ISD are exposed to high-quality music programs from kindergarten through their senior year,” shares Bryant. “Studies have shown that children engaged in music and the arts often perform better academically, as well. This is just another reason why we try to offer a variety of quality fine arts programs and opportunities for our students.” Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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