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Katy ISD honored for music education

April 4, 2019

For nearly 20 years, the Katy Independent School District has been recognized for the quality of its music education program. This year is no different.

Katy ISD officials on Tuesday said the district was again designated as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. Katy ISD has received the recognition for 15 consecutive years.

The recognition is awarded to school districts that feature music education as part of their core curriculum. Katy is among more than 600 school districts and 98 individual schools to receive the honor, officials said.

“Not only is Katy ISD considered one of the best music programs in the nation, but our fine arts educators have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their efforts to provide music access and education to our students,” said Mike Ouellette, the district’s executive director of fine arts.

To qualify for the designation, Katy ISD and the other school districts had to answer a battery of questions about topics such as funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time and overall support of the music program, among others. The responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas, officials said.

“Music is an important practice for students as it assists in brain development, increases human connections and can even serve as a stress reliever,” Ouellette said.

mike.glenn@chron.com