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Congratulations! It’s Official – TUSD Fine Arts/OMA Received a 2018 Best Communities for

Music Education Award


TUSD's Music Education Program Receives National Recognition
Tucson Unified School District named a Best Community for Music for the 4th time

Tucson, Arizona. (April 17, 2018) – The Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Acknowledged for the third consecutive year, TUSD is the only school district in Arizona to receive this recognition.

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.

Dr. Joan Ashcraft, TUSD Director of Fine Arts/OMA, credits this achievement to the remarkably dedicated and uniquely talented music staff that serves the District’s 49,000 students. "Our 16 year research study, conducted initially by WestEd, Inc., has provided robust evidence to fully support the importance of music in the education of children: academically, artistically, and socially. We are grateful for TUSD Leadership’s unwavering support of our mission and goals."

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 school music programs and academic achievement.


  • TUSD Fine Arts/OMA Presents at the NAfME - Music Program Leaders Forum


    Click on the following link to see the complete presentation of  Orchestrating Purposeful Leadership



    Photo of band member
    Photographer Kelly Pressnell / Arizona Daily Star

    The TUSD High School Marching Band Exhibition was recently featured in the Arizona Daily Star photo gallery. Take a look at the beautiful photos from this inspiring event!






    All State Middle School Band & All State High School Jazz Band


  • BASS JAM 2018
    Bass Jam is an all day Bass event with Dr. Philip Alejo at the University of Arizona.  Bass players of all abilities come

    together to play in bass ensembles and work with a guest artist.  There were over 30 bassists from the absolute beginner

    to college students to adults playing as a group.  This year, TUSD teachers as seen in the picture from left to right:

    Paul Ensey, Lisa Brown, Philip Alejo, Kenn Marrs, and Michael Geddes, were featured playing bass quintet music.  

    Bass Jam is a fun day for all and a great way to inspire the future and connect with peers!


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