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LJISD Music Education Program and Music Administrator Honored with National Recognitions

Posted Date: 04/26/2019

For the second consecutive year, La Joya ISD is honored to have earned the Best Communities for Music Education designation by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. This recognition is bestowed upon school districts who demonstrate outstanding commitment to music education and identifies La Joya ISD as 1 of over 500 school districts across the nation as a leader in learning opportunities; and for demonstrating outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education for all students.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, La Joya ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. 

In addition to the district receiving the prestigious NAMM award, La Joya Independent School District’s Head Fine Arts Administrator, Mr. Jose Ruben Adame, was also named the 2019 Outstanding Music Educator of the Year for his exemplary service to interscholastic music programs. Ruben Adame was selected to represent a 5-state area that encompasses the southwestern United States (Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arizona).

UIL State Director of music, Dr. Bradley Kent, said the following about Adame when issuing him with the award: “A year ago, we presented Mr. Adame with state recognition as the 2018 Texas Outstanding Music Educator of the Year, and we advanced his candidacy on to the next level of the National Federation of State High School Associations, where he was named 2019 Outstanding Music Educator for Section 6. I cannot think of another person more deserving of this recognition than Mr. Ruben Adame.”

Mr. Adame has been with La Joya ISD for over 27 years in various roles such as assistant band director, Head Band Director for La Joya High School, and currently Head Fine Arts Administrator for the District. Aside from his position at La Joya ISD, he is the Executive Secretary for UIL for Region 15, which comprises all music programs from the city of Roma to Alamo. Additionally, Adame is on the State Committee for the UIL State Mariachi Festival.

“Over the past decade or so, very few recipients have come from Texas, and so I feel very very proud to represent La Joya ISD, the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, and a portion of the country,” Adame said. “I’ve been blessed to be a part of a lot of things that have contributed to music education in the state, and I’ve always told myself and my wife that I don’t consider my position a job at all. I consider it an opportunity to serve my district, that molded me into what I am, and allowed me to become what I have become. I’m providing a service back to the district that provided me with so much.”