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Gilbert Public Schools named among ‘Best Communities for Music Education’

Gilbert Public Schools named among ‘Best Communities for Music Education’
Written by Kailey Latham, Photo by Jonason Pauley


Gold celebrating the best of GPS!


A young girl wearing glasses practices the violin next to her classmates.

Gilbert Public Schools is among the ‘Best Communities for Music Education’ in the nation. GPS was recently chosen for the award for the fourth consecutive year. The honor, given by the NAMM Foundation, celebrates the incredible achievements of teachers, administrators, students, families and community leaders. For decades, music education at Gilbert Public Schools has been a significant part of the student experience. PreK-12 students have access to numerous musical programs made available to all skill levels. Our music students and staff continue to be recognized at the regional, state and national levels, carrying on the district’s legacy of excellence.

“At Gilbert Public Schools, we have a long history of offering students high-quality music programs led by experienced and passionate educators. With support from our community, we offer a wide range of programs, including marching band, concert band, jazz band, orchestra, choir, elementary music, and more. It is a privilege to witness the positive impact music education has on our students, both socially and academically, and we are excited to continue to deliver these exceptional programs for all our students, Kindergarten through 12th grade,” said Superintendent Dr. Shane McCord.

Gilbert Public Schools is one of only six school districts in Arizona to receive the national award this year. To qualify, GPS answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. School officials verified the responses, and they were reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

Music education offers students many benefits. In addition to developing their musical abilities, students are provided with opportunities to gain many life skills, including teamwork, self-discipline, concentration, commitment, muscle coordination, visual and auditory development, positive self-image, listening skills, self-expression and creativity. 

To learn more about the music programs offered at GPS, visit the Music Education section of our website!