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Thorton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, December 8, 9 & 10
Gillespie Auditorium
251 Waltham Street in Lexington
Admission: $10

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August 30, 2016

MICCA Festival Results
Spring 2016
Repertoire Orchestra - gold medal
Symphony Orchestra - gold medal
Chamber Orchestra - gold medal
Symphonic Band - silver medal
Concert Band - silver medal
Wind Ensemble - gold medal
Madrigal Singers - gold medal
Concert Choir - gold medal
Women's Chorus - gold medal
The Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Choral and Concert Festivals are designed to provide music educators and their students the opportunity to perform in front of a panel of adjudicators. MICCA recognizes that age-appropriate tolerance will be inherent in all evaluation. All groups will be judged by the same criteria with these tolerances in mind. Groups are rated on a medal system:

Gold - Awarded to those groups that perform at a superior level
Silver - Awarded to those groups that perform at an excellent level
[Information from the MICCA festival program.]

LPS Recognized Nationally for
Commitment to Music Education

Community Ranks Among Nation’s Top
for Support of Music Education

Lexington has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The National Association of Music Merchandisers (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. LPS joins 476 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2016.

The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Lexington answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

This award recognizes that LPS is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, replaces No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing—while leaving behind subject such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.

Community music programs have been drawing increased attention because of a landmark study by Northwestern University brain scientists. These researchers found new links between students in community music programs and academic success in subjects such as reading. Beyond the Northwestern study, other reports indicate that learning to play music can boost academic and social skills, such as processing math and learning to cooperate in group settings. A 2015 study, “Striking A Chord” supported by the NAMM Foundation, also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.

Information regarding elementary instrumental music