P-BVUSD Music Notes & Announcements
Panama-Buena Vista Union School District Recognized Nationally
for Outstanding Music Education for All Students
As One of the Best Communities for Music Education,
District Heralded for the Support of Music Education
Bakersfield, CA. (April 25, 2013) – The NAMM Foundation recognizes Panama-Buena Vista Union School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation. Panama-Buena Vista Union School District is one of 10 districts in the entire state winning this prestigious national award.
In its 14th year, Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.
The BCME recognizes the PBVUSD for its district funding, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Music Education is an integral part of the PBVUSD curriculum. Superintendent Kip Hearron said of this honor, “I am proud of all the people who have made our outstanding music program possible. Our Board of Trustees and parents are to be commended for their support of our music program, and for recognizing that music education is a vital component of our District curriculum. We are truly grateful for the dedicated efforts of our music staff and students. This designation validates what our community already knows, we have one of the finest comprehensive music programs in the nation.”
The announcement of this year’s Best Communities for Music Education for the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District brings attention to the importance of keeping music education part of school’s core education and music’s vital role in student success in school. The BCME designation is an important part of the NAMM Foundation’s efforts to advocate for school-based music education. Numerous studies have demonstrated that learning to play music can boost other academic and social skills, such as math and learning to cooperate in a group.
The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District takes pride in its motto, "Excellence in Education." The district employs a staff of dedicated, energetic, and highly qualified teachers who respect and enjoy working with students. All students in grades 3 through 8 have equal access to music instruction in all District schools including General Music grades 3-6 and Band, Orchestra and Chorus in grades 4-8. The PBVUSD Music Department exemplifies the motto, “Excellence in Education.”
For more information, please contact:
Amy McGuire, Visual & Performing Arts Administrator 661-858-9332
Gerrie Kincaid, Asst. Superintendent of Educational Services 661-831-8331