Central Lee Community School District Earns Music Education Award

The NAMM Foundation has honored the Central Lee Community School District with the 2024 Best Communities for Music Education Award.

The award recognizes schools and districts that provide exemplary music education opportunities to students. Central Lee joins just 975 districts across the country and 14 in the state of Iowa to receive the honor this year.

“This recognition from the NAMM Foundation is a tremendous honor for our entire school district community,” said Dr. Andy Crozier, Superintendent. “It reflects the dedication of our music educators, the hard work of our students, and the unwavering support of our Music Boosters and community. Music education is a critical component of our curriculum that enriches the lives of our students by fostering creativity, discipline, and teamwork. We are proud of the opportunities we are able to deliver to our students when it comes to music.”

The Best Communities for Music Education Award highlights the importance of music as an integral element of a comprehensive education. In Central Lee, students can get involved in music at the elementary level, with beginning band, youth choir, and general music classes. Middle school students can take part in show choir, concert choir, band, marching band, and jazz band. At the high school level, students participate in CENTRifugal Force, concert choir, marching band, concert band, and jazz band.

“The commitment of both our community and administration to the musical education of our students is truly remarkable,” said Central Lee Music Teacher Tracy Madsen. “Thanks to their support, our music staff has access to resources that help them provide several ensemble opportunities during and beyond the regular school day. This not only enriches the students’ music education, but also enhances their performance experiences.”

The district’s music program also benefits from the Central Lee Music Boosters, which raises money and provides opportunities for more students to get involved in music from an early age. To learn more about the Central Lee Music Department, visit https://www.centrallee.org/page/choir.