For the 19th consecutive year, the Clark County School District’s Music Education program has been honored by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) as one of the best communities for music education.
This designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
Of the five largest school districts in the nation, CCSD is the only district that requires all elementary students to receive music instruction from a certified music teacher.
Additionally, CCSD has the largest Mariachi program in the nation, and the district’s musical ensembles have been selected to perform in every national music conference throughout the country.
Sue Dehart, the Elementary Fine Arts Coordinator for CCSD said, “It’s about making sure that our students have a quality music program – and that we’re advocating for that in every single school.”
We found an example of a standout school, with the Choir at Don and Dee Snyder Elementary School, led by Music Specialist Evan Billings.
Students have uncovered a love of music, an appreciation for collaboration, and have felt the joy of performing.
Fourth grader Taylor Parquette said, “I love how it makes you feel inside, it makes you feel happy and excited to do it.”
Students often perform together – in the Winter and Spring concerts, as well as special events. 5th grader Owen Green summed it by saying, “It’s like showing us how to work together, we get to know each other, and work as a team.”
Their teacher, Mr. Billings, who also wrote the school song that the kids love performing, said the concerts are highlights!
“After every concert with the kids and parents and seeing them appreciate what’s going on and having that connection with their family – the pride that the parents feel for the kids.”