RESTON, VA (PRWEB) April 25, 2004
In recognition of their outstanding commitment to music education during the 2003-2004 school year, forty public high schools nationwide have been designated GRAMMY Signature Schools for 2004 by the GRAMMY Foundation. In cooperation with MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program honors high school music programs that promote and preserve music education as a key part of their curriculum. The program is sponsored by 7UP.
Twenty-four teachers from the top forty schools designated as GRAMMY Signature Schools are MENC members. The top seven Signature Schools have been designated Gold recipients, with the best being named the National GRAMMY Signature School.
According to MENC member James Dunaway, director of choir at Davidson Fine Arts School, Augusta, Georgia, and the2004 National GRAMMY Signature School, ÂWhat the GRAMMY Foundation and 7 UP are doing for music education with the Signature Schools Program is absolutely incredible. We are very pleased and proud to be honored by this program, and we deeply appreciate all the effort and dedication that the GRAMMY Foundation and 7 UP have put into it. We plan on using the grant for collaborating with professional musicians and also on some desperately needed equipment, such as large instruments and choral risers.Â
MENC believes that the GRAMMY Signature Schools Program is a worthwhile partnership and recognizes the importance of identifying the most exemplary music programs in our nationÂs schools. ÂThe GRAMMY Signature Schools program is a valuable way for us all to recognize school programs that make a genuine, positive contribution to studentsÂ lives,Â said John J. Mahlmann, executive director of MENC. ÂThe program has the potential to boost the public perception of music educationÂ just as every school program has the potential to boost the educational attainments of children.Â
ÂThe GRAMMY Signature Schools program is an exceptional way to recognize schools nationwide that support and maintain arts and music programs in the face of a challenging economy,Â said GRAMMY Foundation and Recording AcademyÂ® President Neil Portnow. ÂWe honor these schools for their recognition of the positive effects that the arts and music have on young people, and we wish them continued success.Â
MENC congratulates all GRAMMY Signature Schools, and in particular, the following twenty-four schools whose teachers are MENC members:
2004 National GRAMMY Signature School ($25,000)
Davidson Fine Arts School Â Augusta, GAÂJames Dunaway
2004 GRAMMY Signature Schools Gold ($5,000 each)
City High SchoolÂIowa City, IAÂSteve Stickney
Neuqua Valley High SchoolÂNaperville, ILÂCharles Staley
Northwood High SchoolÂIrvine, CAÂBrad VanPatten
Pioneer High SchoolÂAnn Arbor, MIÂMarijean Quigley-Young
2004 GRAMMY Signature Schools ($1,000)
Lake City High SchoolÂCoeur dÂAlene, IDÂTim Sandford
Wayzata High SchoolÂPlymouth, MNÂChip Williams
Sumter High SchoolÂSumter, SCÂHeath Jones
Valparaiso High SchoolÂValparaiso, INÂDaniel Pritchett
Waubonsie Valley High SchoolÂAurora, ILÂMatt Temple
Northwestern High SchoolÂRock Hill, SCÂElizabeth Mixon
Inglemoor High SchoolÂKenmore, WAÂJim Rice
Mt. Carmel High SchoolÂSan Diego, CAÂWarren Torns
Shaker Heights High SchoolÂShaker Heights, OHÂRobert Schneider
Kentwood High SchoolÂCovington, WAÂKurt McKee
Green Valley High School-Henderson, NVÂKim Drusedum
Abraham Lincoln High SchoolÂSan Jose, CAÂLou DeLaRosa
Douglas Anderson SOTAÂJacksonville, FLÂJeffrey Clayton
Syosset High SchoolÂSyosset, NYÂSteven Schopp
Evanston Township High SchoolÂEvanston, ILÂRichard Bowers
Edmonds Woodway High SchoolÂEdmonds, WAÂJake Bergevin
Mona Shores High SchoolÂNorton Shores, MIÂJason Boyden
Johnson City High SchoolÂJohnson City, NYÂKenneth Turner
Ridgewood High SchoolÂRidgewood, NJÂEdward Schmiedecke
To view the complete list of Signature Schools, visit http://www.grammy.com/foundation/signature_schools.html.
For more information, call 1-800-336-3768, or visit http://www.menc.org.
MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the worldÂs largest arts education organization, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 100,000 members represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENCÂs activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.