For the fourth year, Winton Woods City Schools (WWCS) was designated as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” in the nation from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM). The district joins 38 Ohio districts and four Cincinnati districts in achieving this honor. Winton Woods High School Band Director Danelle Ashbrook who completed the application says the department is proud to receive such a prestigious award. “I believe this nomination speaks highly of our music programs and the opportunities we have to offer.”
Receiving this designation meant completing detailed questions that included everything from opportunities to music’s incorporation in the core curriculum. “Throughout the year, our students perform in public settings at a state and national level. This year performances included Springfield Township’s Winterfest, the Greenhills parade, Kentucky State University (KSU) Homecoming, the groundbreaking for our two new campuses and performing with the Cincinnati Pops to name a few,” said Ashbrook. “We also incorporate music into multicultural arts in district events like Celebration of Nations, the district’s Fine Arts Show and ‘A Night of Freedom’.”
Winton Woods students begin their formal music education in kindergarten and have access to over 40 minutes a week of instrumental and choral instruction beginning in the fifth grade. Daily instruction begins at the middle school, along with opportunities for theatrical and competitive performances. There are a multitude of daily ensembles and extra-curricular opportunities added in high school like acapella groups, jazz ensemble, marching band, pep band, and other music educational opportunities. Students can also audition and play in college honor bands, district honor bands, orchestras, and choirs. We are excited about this prestigious recognition.