Livonia Public Schools is recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation as being one of the best school district communities in the state for music education.
The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation recognized 527 of the nation’s 13,515 school districts nationally and 14 in the State of Michigan, based on music education participation, faculty qualifications, music program opportunities, community partnerships, technology and funding. The selection was made by the University of Kansas Music Research Institute.
"The links between student success and music education have now been demonstrated by brain researchers in multiple studies," said Mary Luehrsen of the NAMM Foundation, in a press release. "The schools and districts our foundation recognizes are building on that connection between music and academics. These schools and districts are models for other educators who see music as a key ingredient in a well-rounded curriculum that makes music available to all children, regardless of zip code."
In Livonia Public Schools, enhanced music opportunities are offered in grades 6-12 and include vocal, instrumental and specialized programs such as high school drum line, marching band and musical ensemble. Students have the opportunity to compete at Solo and Ensemble festivals and musical performance groups are often featured at events throughout the community. The district enjoys partnerships with community groups such as the Livonia Symphony Orchestra, which works to support music programs in the district. The community supported a bond issue in 2013 to renovate the district’s schools, including the construction of new performing arts centers at Franklin and Stevenson high schools, and the complete renovation of the performing arts center at Churchill High School.
“We are very proud of the music programs we are able to offer in Livonia Public Schools and the support we receive from our community,” said Superintendent Andrea Oquist. “We are so fortunate that the quality and dedication of our music teachers and the level of musical talent in our students is simply outstanding. This shows during each and every performance in our schools and in the community.”