District Named as a 2017 Best Community for Music Education
The Sioux City Community School District has been honored as a 2017 Best Community for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The award recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.
Music education and a quality fine arts program has always been a vital component in the Sioux City Community School District’s curriculum. In addition to a variety of instrumental and vocal music opportunities, students may also take courses such as Digital Music Production, History of American Popular Music and AP Music Theory. Since the 2014-2015 school year, the District has witness a steady increase in student participation in orchestra (171 students) and band (207 students).
Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman stated, “We are so proud to receive this recognition and appreciate the work of our Board, staff, students, and community to make music education part of the core instruction in our District. Music education is a vital part of our curriculum not only because of the support offered to other curricular areas such as math, reading, history, science and others, but most importantly; music education helps to define humanity and make life meaningful for all students and community members”.
The Sioux City Community School District also enjoys several community partnerships, which expands student access to music education. Each year, students in fourth and sixth grade attend a performance by Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and students in third grade attend a performance by Opera Iowa. The Sioux City community also offers out of school performance opportunities for both staff and students.