DD School District receives third national music award

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Photo provided Phoenix Middle School students rehearse in concert band.

DELAVAN - For the third time in four years, the Delavan-Darien School District has received the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Delavan-Darien is one of four percent of districts across the nation receiving the award in 2017. It is one of 23 districts in Wisconsin to receive the honor, given to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. The district earned the award in 2014, 2016 and 2017. It did not apply for the award in 2015.

Delavan-Darien offers general music for all elementary school grades, string instrument instruction starting in fourth grade, band and percussion instrument instruction, and a variety of choir, orchestra and band courses for middle and high school students.

At DDHS there are four different choir levels, a guitar and percussion ensembles, an African drumming course, marching and symphonic bands, jazz bands, various levels of orchestra and a symphonic winds course. Additionally, students can study music history, the history of rock 'n roll, and earn Advanced Placement credit in a music theory class. Middle school students have access to a MIDI piano lab, and elementary school students participate annually in performances by Opera For The Young.

The district's music program supports a strong theater arts program, and all schools also have multiple public performances annually, both in the schools and out in the community.

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