Page 6 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – Friday, April 5, 2019 EPS music education program receives national recognition T he Everett Public Schools (EPS) has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation (of the National Association of Music Merchants) for its outstanding commitment to music education. Now in its 20th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Everett answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities and support for the music programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. “We have a long and proud tradition of providing exceptional musical opportunities for our students, both in the classroom and through extracurricular pursuits,” said Interim EPS Superintendent Janice Gauthier. “This award is a reflection of the hard work and dedication that our students and teachers demonstrate each and every school year.” This award recognizes that Everett is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing while leaving behind subjects like music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children. Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. After two years of music education, research has found, participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores than in their less-involved peers and that students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school, but also to attend college. Reportedly, everyday listening skills are stronger in musically trained children than in those without music training. Significantly, listening skills are closely tied to the ability to perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention and keep sounds in memory. Reportedly, later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound; young adults – and even older adults who have not played an instruEPS MUSIC | SEE PAGE 13 AUTOTECH 1989 SINCE Is your vehicle ready for the Spring Season?!! AC SPECIAL Recharge your vehicle's AC for the warm weather! Includes up to 1 IL. of Refrigerant* (*Most Vehicles) Only $59.95 DRIVE IT - PUSH IT - TOW IT! CASH FOR YOUR CAR, TRUCK OR SUV! 2005 FORD MUSTANG 2010 HYUNDAI SANTE FE Six Cylinder, Automatic, Most Power Options, One Owner, Clean Title, Just Serviced, only 130K Miles PRICED TO SELL! V6, Automatic Transmission, Loaded Power Options, Leather Interior, Just Serviced, Warranty, Only 98K Miles! A CLASSIC BEAUTY 781-321-8841 $5,995 Easy Financing Available! 1236 Eastern Ave • Malden EddiesAutotech.com $5,995 We Pay Cash For Your Vehicle!

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