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HCS Receives Best Communities For Music Education Designation For Third Consecutive Year

Announcement For a third consecutive year, Horry County Schools has received the prestigious Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. The Foundation advances life-long participation in music-making by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. HCS is one of only six school districts in South Carolina to have earned the designation awarded in 2021.

In its 22nd year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the designation, HCS responded to detailed inquiries about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instructional time, facilities, and support for the music education programs. This award recognizes that HCS leads the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which recommends music and the arts as essential elements of a well-rounded education for all children. 

HCS met and exceeded award criteria, to include: having music education in all schools and additional offerings of band, chorus, dance, orchestra, and theatre; serving diverse populations of students; providing highly-qualified teachers to deliver music instruction; maintaining class sizes that are conducive to music instruction, and serving diverse populations of students.

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Posted: April 16, 2021