The Socorro Independent School District is celebrating a big recognition for its music programs.
SISD is the only district in the Borderland to be commended by the National Association of Music Merchants for its commitment to music education.
“It’s incredibly flattering that we’re top 500 in the nation to get an award like this, and it’s humbling to be able to say that I teach in a district that gets so much support and supplies nothing but the best,” said Albert Martinez, who teaches mariachi at Eastlake High School.
SISD is 1 of 527 school districts in the country to receive the “Best Communities for Music Education” award.
“We’re so grateful that the district offers so many things for us to flourish as musicians,” said Fernando Rivas, a junior at Eastlake High School.
SISD’s music program starts at a pre-K level, and when students get to middle school, they choose whether they want to be in band, orchestra, or choir.
According to researchers at Northwestern University, participating in music education programs helps improve brain function, discipline, and language development.