The NAMM Foundation: 176 Programs Earn Distinction As 'A Best Community for Music Education'

-166 School Districts and 10 Schools Achieve Prestigious National Designation-

Carlsbad, Calif., April 17, 2012—The NAMM Foundation today announced the results of its 13th annual Best Communities for Music Education(BCME) survey, which acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support for music education as part of the core curriculum.

In all, 176 communities out of 237 that submitted surveys were recognized, including 166 school districts and 10 schools. The announcement comes in anticipation of NAMM's National Wanna Play Music Week, (May 7-13) a weeklong promotion designed to encourage people of all ages and skill levels to experience the proven benefits and fun of playing music.

Established in 1999, The BCME survey isa nationwide search for communities who provide access to music education as an essential part of a complete education and exemplify commitment and support for music education. The BCME survey is designed and implemented in collaboration with The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service ( of Lawrence, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

The announcement of the 2012 Best Communities for Music Education campaign comes during a crucial time as school districts nationwide finalize budgets. The Best Community designation is a distinction worthy of pride, but is also a call to action for local music education advocates to help preserve and potentially expand access to their current music education programs.

Past designees have reported that making the Best Communities list had a positive effect on their ability to advance recognition and support for music programs. NAMM Foundation Executive Director Mary Luehrsen, encourages communities to use the designation as a cornerstone of vigorous advocacy for music education programs.

“We know that communities are struggling to maintain funding for many education programs and we applaud these communities that remain committed to a complete and quality education that must include music and the arts,” said Luehrsen. “We urge communities to celebrate the designation as a national recognition for their commitment to children and most of all, keep the music playing in their schools for years to come.”

Each school receiving the “Best Communities” designation scored in the 80th percentile or higher in the survey's grading process. Participants in the survey answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and other relevant factors in their communities' music education programs. The responses were verified with district officials and advisory organizations reviewed the data.

A copy of the survey can be downloaded for review at

In conducting the annual survey, the NAMM Foundation is joined by advisory organizations in the fields of music and education: Americans for the Arts (, League of American Orchestras (, The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation (, Music for All (, Music Teachers National Association (, National Guild For Community Arts Education (, Yamaha Corporation of America (, Young Audiences (, and VH1 Save The Music Foundation (

The complete Best Communities for Music Education roster is listed alphabetically below and can also be viewed at

About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to 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.

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District/School City State
Abington School District Abington Pa.
Academy School District 20 Colorado Springs Colo.
Albion Central School District Albion N.Y.
Ann Arbor Public Schools Ann Arbor Mich.
Arlington Independent School District Arlington Texas
Avon Lake City School District Avon Lake Ohio
Baldwin School District Baldwin N.Y.
Baldwinsville Central School District Baldwinsville N.Y.
Baltimore County Public Schools Towson Md.
Bay Shore Union Free School District Bay Shore N.Y.
Bay Village City School District Bay Village Ohio
Beachwood City Schools Beachwood Ohio
Berea City School District Berea Ohio
Bergenfield Public Schools Bergenfield N.J.
Berkley School District Oak Park Mich.
Bethel Public School Bethel Conn.
Bloomfield Hills School District Bloomfield Hills Mich.
Brighton Central School District Rochester N.Y.
Brooklyn Center Junior/Senior High School Brooklyn Center Minn.
Camdenton R-III School District Camdenton Mo.
Canton Public Schools Canton Conn.
Central Cambria School District Ebensburg Pa.
Central York School District York Pa.
Chesapeake Public Schools Chesapeake Va.
Cheshire Public Schools Cheshire Conn.
Chittenango Central School District Chittenango N.Y.
Clark County School District Las Vegas Nev.
Cobb County School District Marietta Ga.
Colonial School District Plymouth Meeting Pa.
Commack Public Schools E. Northport N.Y.
Connetquot Central School District Bohemia N.Y.
Conroe Independent School District Conroe Texas
Council Rock School District Newtown Pa.
Cumberland Valley School District Mechanicsburg Pa.
Cuyahoga Heights Local Cleveland Ohio
David Douglas School District 40 Portland Ore.
Denton Independent School District Denton Texas
Dover Area School District Dover Pa.
Duxbury Public Schools Duxbury Mass.
Edina Public Schools - Independent School District 273 Edina Minn.
Edmonds School District Lynnwood Wash.
Exeter Township School District Reading Pa.
Fargo Public Schools Fargo N.D.
Fayetteville-Manlius Central Schools Manlius N.Y.
Ferndale Public Schools Ferndale Mich.
Fishers Island UFSD Fishers Island N.Y.
Fort Bend Independent School District Sugar Land Texas
Fox Chapel Area School District Pittsburgh Pa.
Fraser Public Schools Fraser Mich.
Frontier Central School District Hamburg N.Y.
Fulton County Schools Atlanta Ga.
Garland Independent School District Garland Texas
Grand Forks Public Schools Grand Forks N.D.
Grand Island Central School District Grand Island N.Y.
Great Falls Public School District Great Falls Mont.
Great Neck Public Schools Great Neck N.Y.
Greenwich Public Schools Greenwich Conn.
Guilderland Central School District Guilderland Center N.Y.
Gwinnett County Public Schools Suwanee Ga.
Half Hollow Hills Central School District Dix Hills N.Y.
Hamilton Elementary School Schenectady N.Y.
Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation Fishers Ind.
Hampton City Public Schools Hampton Va.
Harrison Central School District Harrison N.Y.
Henrico County Public Schools Henrico Va.
Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools Woodmere N.Y.
Hollidaysburg Area School District Hollidaysburg Pa.
Homewood City Schools Homewood Ala.
Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District Honeoye Falls N.Y.
Hopewell Valley Regional School District Pennington N.J.
Hortonville Area School District Hortonville Wis.
Hudson School District Hudson Wis.
Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District Bedford Texas
Independent School District 279 - Osseo Area Schools Maple Grove Minn.
Indian River County School District Vero Beach Fla.
Jenison Public Schools Jenison Mich.
Jericho Union Free School District Jericho N.Y.
Johnson City Central School District Johnson City N.Y.
Katy Independent School District Katy Texas
Kenmore Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Buffalo N.Y.
Klein Independent School District Spring Texas
Lake Local School District Uniontown Ohio
Le Roy Central School District Le Roy N.Y.
Lebanon School District Lebanon Pa.
Lewisburg Area School District Lewisburg Pa.
Lewisville Independent School District Flower Mound Texas
Lincoln Unified School District Stockton Calif.
Liverpool Central School District Liverpool N.Y.
Long Beach City School District Lido Beach N.Y.
Longwood Central School District Middle Island NY
Loyalsock Township School District Montoursville Pa.
Lynn Public Schools Lynn Mass.
Manhasset Union Free School District Manhasset N.Y.
Massapequa UFSD Massapequa N.Y.
Mechanicsburg Area School District Mechanicsburg Pa.
Memphis City Schools Memphis Tenn.
Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township Indianapolis Ind.
Mineola Union Free School District Mineola N.Y.
Monroe-Woodbury Central School District Central Valley N.Y.
Montgomery County Public Schools Christiansburg Va.
Monticello Central School District Monticello N.Y.
Mt. Lebanon School District Pittsburgh Pa.
Naperville Community Unit School District 203 Naperville Ill.
Nanuet Union Free School District Nanuet N.Y.
New Hartford Central School District New Hartford N.Y.
Newington Newington Conn.
Newtown Public Schools Newtown Conn.
North Allegheny School District Pittsburgh Pa.
North Babylon Union Free School District North Babylon N.Y.
North Colonie Central School District Latham N.Y.
Northwest Independent School District Justin Texas
Oberlin City Schools District Oberlin Ohio
Oceanside Public Schools Oceanside N.Y.
Olmsted Falls City Schools Olmsted Falls Ohio
Open Door Christian Schools Elyria Ohio
Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School St. Johnsville N.Y.
Osage County R-II Schools Linn Mo.
Ossining Union Free School District Ossining N.Y.
Paramus Public School District Paramus N.J.
Pasadena Independent School District Pasadena Texas
Penfield Central School District Penfield N.Y.
Pennsbury School District Fallsington Pa.
Pequannock Township School District Pompton Plains N.J.
Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools Perrysburg Ohio
Phoenix Central School District Phoenix N.Y.
Pine City Public Schools (Independent School District 578) Pine City Minn.
Plano Independent School District Plano Texas
Port Jefferson School District Port Jefferson N.Y.
Propel East Turtle Creek Pa.
Pulaski Community School District Pulaski Wis.
Putnam Valley Central School District Putnam Valley N.Y.
Quaker Valley School District Sewickley Pa.
Randolph Township Schools Randolph N.J.
Red Lion Area School District Red Lion Pa.
Ridgefield Public Schools Ridgefield N.J.
Roanoke County Public Schools Roanoke Va.
Rush-Henrietta Central School District Henrietta N.Y.
Santa Monica-Malibu USD Santa Monica Calif.
Scarsdale Union Free School District Scarsdale N.Y.
Schenectady City School District Schenectady N.Y.
School District of Lancaster Lancaster Pa.
Shaker Heights City School District Shaker Heights Ohio
Skaneateles Central School District Skaneateles N.Y.
South Huntington UFSD Huntington Station N.Y.
South Windsor Public Schools South Windsor Conn.
Spring Grove Area School District Spring Grove Pa.
Springs Valley Jr./Sr. High School French Lick Ind.
Stow-Munroe Falls High School Stow Ohio
Strongsville City School District Strongsville Ohio
Syosset Central School District Syosset N.Y.
The Sycamore Community School District Cincinnati Ohio
Torrington Public Schools Torrington Conn.
Township of Union Board of Education Union N.J.
Trinity Area School District Washington Pa.
Troy School District Troy Mich.
Upper Sandusky Exempted Village Schools Upper Sandusky Ohio
Virginia Beach City Public Schools Virginia Beach Va.
Wakefield Public Schools Wakefield Mass.
Washington County Public Schools Hagerstown Md.
Washoe county school district Reno Nev.
Wayland Public Schools Wayland Mass.
Webster Central School District Webster N.Y.
West Genesee Central School District Camillus N.Y.
West Hartford Public Schools West Hartford Conn.
West Irondequoit Central School District Rochester N.Y.
West Lafayette Community School Corporation West Lafayette Ind.
West Milford Township Public Schools West Milford N.J.
West Seneca Central School District West Seneca N.Y.
Westborough Public Schools Westborough Mass.
Westlake Christian Academy Grayslake Ill.
Weston Public Schools Weston Mass.
Wicomico County Public Schools Salisbury Md.
Willard R-II Schools Willard Mo.
Williamsport Area School District Williamsport Pa.
Williamsville Central School District East Amherst N.Y.
Windber Area Middle/High School Windber Pa.
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