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388 School Districts Named Best Communities for Music Education

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Mar 18, 2015

This March, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation recognized 388 school districts in 46 states as among the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME). In its 16th year, the program recognizes school districts for outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders to make music education accessible to all students. Access the full list of recognized school districts.

The BCME program evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction. Researchers at the Center for Public Partnerships & Research at the University of Kansas led the data review.
In past years a BCME designation has helped raise local awareness of quality music programs from coast to coast. Earning the designation has assisted communities in securing funds for music programs threatened by budget cuts, and acts as a source of community pride. 
The President's Committee on Arts and the Humanities' Turnaround Arts program released a report this year that provides additional findings related to student success and music/arts education. "The new research validates the relationships between student success and access to music education," said Mary Luehrsen, executive director of the NAMM Foundation. "Ensuring that every child has access to music in schools requires commitment by students, teachers, and those who determine school budgets. We commend the districts and schools that have earned the Best Community designation this year.  They join with so many that believe as we do that there is a vital link between do-re-mi and the ABCs."

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