OSSINING, N.Y. - Ossining is one of the best districts in the country for access to music education, a national foundation has said.
The NAMM Foundation designated 307 school districts across the country as Best Communities for Music Education, which recognizes collaborative efforts of teachers, administrators, students and parents who work to keep comprehensive music education an integral part of the core curriculum.
"This designation recognizes communities for their commitment to music education and strengthens support for these programs," NAMM Foundation Executive Director Mary Luehrsen said in a statement. "Having widely embraced the evidence indicating that music education yields great things in schools and communities, people are increasingly affirmative, advocating for school music curricula, and championing programs like Best Communities that recognize this commitment to music education.”
This year, nearly 2000 schools and school districts participated in the survey - an increase of 366 percent from 2012. This is the 14th year of the BCME program, which requires each school and district to detail funding, staffing, commitment to standards and access to music instruction.
The school responses are reviewed by researchers at The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas and the NAMM Foundation to calculate the designated districts and awarded schools.
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. For more information about the NAMM Foundation or a full list of schools honored, visit the group's website .
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