MADISON, Wis., May 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Last week, Jonathan and Susan Lipp of Full Compass Systems presented Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI) with a flag representing the 25 districts in Wisconsin that were recognized as a Best Community for Music Education by The NAMM Foundation. The 25 school districts were announced and recognized earlier this year by The NAMM Foundation as part of the organization's Best Communities for Music Education awards program which honored 527 districts across the nation for their commitment to music education.
The Lipps made the presentation as part of the annual NAMM Music Education Advocacy D.C. Fly-In, May 22-24. Along with nearly 100 music industry leaders, notable artists, and arts education activists, the duo took to Capitol Hill to advocate for all school-aged children to have access to quality, comprehensive school music education programs. The issue of music education takes on a special significance this year as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law in 2015 by President Obama readies for state-level implementation in 2018 in the face of proposed budget cuts. The law specifies music as core part of a well-rounded education for all K-12 students. New research also shows strong ties between K-12 school students who actively participate in school music education programs and overall student success. A recent study of students in the Chicago Public Schools by brain researchers at Northwestern University, detailed in Neuroscientist and Education Week, builds on previous findings that participation in music education programs helps improve brain function, discipline and language development.
Full Compass Systems grew out of a professional sound studio that began operation in 1971 in Madison, Wisconsin. Founder Jonathan Lipp provided commercial recording services to both local and regional clients. In 1977, he founded and incorporated Full Compass Systems, Ltd. to provide sound equipment for a wider professional market; he currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. In 1979, his wife Susan joined the company as President and now serves as the Chairman of the Board. Her background in marketing and personnel management, as well as her familiarity with theatrical production, complimented Jonathan's technical expertise. The company grew rapidly over the following years, developing a strong nationwide business.
For the full list of the Best Communities for Music Education, please visit https://www.nammfoundation.org/articles/best-communities-music-education
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