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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Foundation names Dracut one of best school systems for music | Lowell Sun

The sounds of Dracut High School's string orchestra filled every corner of the room on a recent Tuesday morning with Robin Mallory at the helm, notes Amaris Castillo, reporter for The Lowell Sun.

Orchestra Director Robin Mallory conducts Dracut High School's string orchestra on April 2. Dracut Public Schools was recently named one of the Best Communities for Music Education from the NAMM Foundation. NAMM stands for National Association of Music Merchants.
Photo: SUN/Amaris Castillo
"Here we go, ba-dam!" the orchestra director said as the student musicians performed a medley of songs featured in the Academy Award-winning film "La La Land."

Over the next hour, Mallory would periodically pause the ninth- to 12th-grade students to give them instruction and perfect their collective sound.

Mallory's leadership at Dracut High is just one facet of music education within Dracut Public Schools, which was recently named one of the Best Communities for Music Education from the NAMM Foundation. NAMM stands for National Association of Music Merchants. The signature program recognizes and celebrates school districts and schools for their support and commitment to music education and efforts to assure access to music for all students as part of a well-rounded education, according to the NAMM Foundation's website...

In an email Zolezzi said the survey administered by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas evaluates schools and districts "based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction."
Coordinator of Performing Arts Carolyn Cardella submitted the survey on Dracut Public Schools' behalf with the support of Superintendent of Schools Steven Stone. It is one of 14 communities in Massachusetts to be recognized.

"I'm extremely proud of the staff and the students," Cardella said recently. "I don't feel that I can claim any credit for it because it's the programs that they've had in place that they've been doing for many years now. I just helped them get recognized for it."
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Source: Lowell Sun