PHARR – For the third year in a row, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD has been selected to be a part of the Best Communities for Music Education national designation. PSJA ISD joins 527 districts across the country given this prestigious distinction acknowledging the district's commitment to and support of music education.
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. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, PSJA ISD 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 PSJA ISD is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, and awaiting state implementation designates music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.
"We are very proud of our students, parents, teachers and administrators for their dedication," PSJA ISD Director of Fine Arts Jon Taylor said. " None of this would be possible without the support of our School Board and the vision of our Superintendent.”
At PSJA ISD, students are able to participate in the following superior music programs: Band, Orchestra, Choir, Jazz Band and Mariachi. All PSJA ISD music classes are taught by highly qualified, certified and experienced teaching staff.
Due to the district’s commitment to providing quality music education opportunities, PSJA ISD has recently earned numerous music accolades. All four PSJA high school mariachi groups advanced to the UIL State Mariachi Contest in San Antonio and 329 band, choir and orchestra students from all five PSJA high schools advanced to the UIL State Solo & Ensemble contest in May.