For more than ten years, the Cobb County School District Music Programs have been given the distinguished title of one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the United States. Each year the NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants) seeks to celebrate and recognize innovative and resourceful music education programs in the United States and those schools and communities that support them. The best school districts for music education are determined through a comprehensive survey which requests information regarding statistical and factual information about music education and related opportunities for students to learn music.
The Cobb County School District Music Programs have been distinguished among the best for many decades as the district continued to support the value of an arts education for all students. The district offers exceptional experiences in elementary music, band, chorus, orchestra, theatre, dance and visual arts, as well as, courses in guitar, piano keyboarding, and music technology. Multitudes of awards have been bestowed upon the individual school arts programs including Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic performances, American Choral Directors Association conference performances, One-Act Play Competition winners, Georgia Music Educators Association conference performances, and frequent appearances at National and International Parades, such as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day and St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ireland, and Regional and National Champions at Bands of America Championships.
In addition to the well-developed programs in all of the schools, the district also provides a focused educational opportunity specifically in the performance of vocal music, theatre, and dance at the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts (CCCEPA) is a magnet program at Pebblebrook High School. The program is open to any talented student in Cobb County who meets eligibility and audition requirements. Each student is enrolled in a major – voice, dance, or drama. A large number of students “double major” and take classes in two areas. Students study in their major concentration area for two class periods each day totaling two hours.
All of these opportunities for fine programs stem from the strong community support for the arts and the valuing of the arts as a meaningful aspect of an educational experience.
Dr. Melissa Arasi, Supervisor
Performing Arts; K-12 General / Choral, Theatre, and Dance