Grafton district earns national honor for music education

By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Grafton School District’s music program has earned national recognition for outstanding commitment to music education.

In March, the district received the “Best Communities for Music Education” designation from the National Association of Music Merchants.

“It’s nice to bring awareness to what we’re doing in the music department,” said Maggie Condon, Grafton High School choral teacher and vocal music director.

“A lot of times people just see the performance side of what we do and don’t look at it from an academic standpoint.”

To earn the designation, districts must demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. 

District personnel answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities and support for the music programs. Responses were verified and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

Grafton is one of 623 districts across the nation that received the award this year.

“We are extremely proud to be recognized as a 2019 Best Communities for Music Education,” Grafton Supt. Jeff Nelson said. “Congratulations to our music teachers, students, parents and community members on this recognition. We are fortunate to have such great community support for our fine-arts programs.” 

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