Music to their ears
When it comes to teaching music, Hillsborough County is tops in Florida. At least according to the American Music Conference, which has included Hillsborough, but no other Florida district, in its eighth annual list of best communities for music education. It's the sixth time in eight years that Hillsborough has received the recognition, which is based on a survey of teachers, parents and community leaders in all 50 states.
Hillsborough officials touted the honor, noting that many districts have scaled back their music instruction, but Hillsborough has tried to retain as much as it can. "Students who study the arts do better in all other subjects," district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said.