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Douglas Anderson named number one music department by Grammy Foundation

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Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DA) was named the 2012 National Grammy Signature School by the Grammy Foundation in Los Angeles, signifying that Douglas Anderson is the number one high school music program in the country.

This is the second time in three years that DA has been named the national signature school. It had previously earned the award in 2010. The award was announced in Los Angeles by David Sears, Senior Director of Education Programs for the Grammy Foundation.

The award honors the entire music program at Douglas Anderson, including the instrumental, vocal, piano, guitar, electronic music and recording arts.

“Winning the Grammy National Signature School award is a huge affirmation for the students and the faculty at DA,” said Ace Martin, chair of the DA Music Department. “We are all focused on achieving excellence both in performance and curriculum, and it’s terrific to get validation of all of our hard work.”

Martin explained that the Grammy Foundation identifies public high schools that demonstrate exceptional integration of all areas of music – from performance in multiple musical areas, to intensive study of musical theory.

According to the Grammy website, the Signature Schools program was created in 1998 and recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.

The award comes with a $15,000 cash prize that is put toward the needs of the music department.

“I always dreamed of our department winning the National Grammy Award,” said Martin, who has taught at Douglas Anderson since 1985. “To win it twice is an amazing achievement that makes us very proud of our students and the music education in Duval County.”

Source: Jill Johnson, Duval County Public Schools.

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