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NAMM names Hoover "Best Community for Music Education"

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8-April-2013 (HCS) – Hoover City Schools and the city of Hoover were formally recognized as a “Best Community for Music Education” at the April Board of Education meeting.

Jessica Freehling-Kazzie is on the Board of Directors for NAMM and is manager of Art's Music Shop, Inc.  She presented a certficiate to Hoover City Schools Superintendent of Education, Mr. Andy Craig, and the Board of Education on behalf of the NAMM Foundation in recognition of Hoover's outstanding support of music education, enriching the lives of children and advancing student achievement.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry.

In addition to the formal recognition from NAMM, other highlights included a performance by the Berry Middle School Choir and the Hoover High School Saxophone Quartet.

In March, the NAMM Foundation came out with its annual list of school districts across the country which excel in music education. This year’s count, 307 to be exact, was record-breaking, according to NAMM. The designation recognizes “collaborative, from-the-ground-up efforts of teachers, administrators, students and parents who continually work to keep comprehensive music education as an integral part of the core curriculum.”

Hoover's standing on the local, state and national music education scene helped earn this coveted honor:

Hoover's First Edition Jazz Band performed at the 2013 Midwest Clinic/Chicago
Hoover HS and Spain Park HS annually host marching band contests
Hoover HS and Spain Park HS have hosted the Alabama Day of Percussion
Hoover HS Marching Band has marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Rose Parade, Fiesta Bowl Parade and the Orange Bowl Parade
Spain Park HS has marched in the Citrus Parade, London's New Year's Day Parade and Rome's New Year's Day Parade
Spain Park HS Choir has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in Fall 2013
Spain Park HS received the "Distinguished Musicianship Award" from the Alabama Vocal Association
Hoover HS students have received the honor of "Female and Male District Outstanding Choral Student" and the "Choral Music Education Scholarship"
Hoover HS Choir has performed at the Alabama Music Educators Association In-Service Conference
100+ students from HCS have been selected for participation in "All-State Ensembles" each year
Schools throughout the district receive superior ratings at state performance assessments
Unique course offerings include AP music theory, IB music, barbershop quartet, Sweet Adelines quartet and keyboard
Hoover elementary schools consistently participate in the Alabama Music Educators Association Elementary Music Festival and Young Voices Festival
Bluff Park Elementary students performed at the America Orff-Schulwerk Association Conference

Presented workshops at local, state and national levels
Served as conductors for local and statewide ensembles
Music teachers have been nominated as “Teachers of the Year” by their respective schools
Various music personnel have received funding for granted projects from local foundations, the Alabama Council on the Arts and state legislators
Teachers have achieved certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards
Serve as officers/receive recognition from professional organizations
Have served as supervising teachers/taught classes for pre-service teachers from/at metro universities/colleges


Elizabeth Lascaze or Jill Knepper for NAMM
Public Relations | Phone: 213-623-4200
elascaze@golinharris.com, jknepper@golinharris.com

Jason Gaston
Office of Public and Media Relations
Hoover City Schools

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