Best Community for Music Education 2023

Best Community for Music Education 2023
Posted on 04/25/2023
HCPS LogoThe National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has named Hanover County Public Schools (HCPS) as a “Best Community for Music Education” for the 11th year in a row.

“Music education is vital to cultivating our students’ minds and plays an important role in our community. This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our music teachers, students, and families,” said Dr. Michael Gill, Superintendent of Schools. “We are proud to prioritize arts education in our schools as we recognize the immense benefits it provides to our students’ creativity, critical thinking, and overall well-being.”

Hanover County is one of only 19 school divisions in Virginia to achieve the coveted status this year. There are 132 school divisions in the Commonwealth.

The NAMM Foundation, a nonprofit organization, awards this designation to school divisions and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment to offering comprehensive music education to all students. It further serves to recognize the outstanding efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum.

“This special recognition speaks volumes to the amazing talent and devotion of our music teachers in Hanover. They are able to harness and develop the unique talent of each of their students, providing life-changing experiences in the classroom and performances,” said Dr. Keith Matthews, Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist.

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