The Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) program helps communities recognize the value and importance of their music education programs. It is part of the many advocacy efforts provided by the NAMM Foundation that work to keep music education strong.
There are two distinctions available:
• The Best Communities for Music Education designation acknowledges schools and districts across the United States for their commitment to and support of music education in schools. If you are applying on behalf of a district-multiple schools-complete the Best Communities for Music Education Survey.
• A SupportMusic Merit Award is an opportunity for an individual school to be acknowledged for its commitment to music education. It is a ‘school-only’ distinction awarded as part of the BCME program. If you are an individual School, complete the SupportMusic Merit Award Survey.
Through this campaign and by engaging local-level media about the award:
• The public learns about the music education program and its value to the community
• Educators are celebrated for their commitment and good work and parents and decision-makers who value music are acknowledged and thanked
• The overall awareness of the program is raised as an important part of the core curriculum.
Supporting music education within our communities is a critically important issue within our community and our industry, particularly in light of tight budgets and changing attitudes. Research continually concludes that active participation in music offers many benefits for developing young minds.
The Best Communities for Music Education program’s core messages include:
• Music education supports student success in school and in life
• Music is not a “luxury” or an “elective” – it is designated as a core curriculum subject and requires core education funding to provide access to all students
• Providing music education as part of a complete education for all students is something any community can accomplish if it has the collective will to do so, regardless of size or affluence.
Since 2009, the Best Community for Music Education survey has been administered by The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kan., an affiliate of the University of Kansas. All metrics are reviewed proportionally, so that communities of different sizes can participate on an equal level. For example, a community’s music budget is judged as a proportion of the overall instructional budget, not in absolute dollars.
The NAMM Foundation’s 15th annual BCME survey will be open for participation by school districts and schools across the country. Teachers, parents, school administrators, and board members are invited to complete the 2014 BCME survey online starting October 29 through Friday, January 17, 2014.
"The Best Communities for Music Education designation gave our district the opportunity to shine the spotlight on our outstanding music teachers, students, and community partners,” said Heather Crocker, Director of Communications for Blaine County School District in Idaho. “In the true spirit of education, our music teachers passed the recognition on to their students and community partners. Programs like Best Communities are critical to the future success of music education."
2013 Best Communities for Music Education Survey
On March 18, the NAMM Foundation announced the results of its 14th annual Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) survey, which acknowledges schools and districts across the United States for their commitment to and support for music education in schools. In all, 373 communities were recognized, including 307 school districts and 66 schools. Read the complete roster of districts and schools. Thank you to all who participated
"The designation has helped to validate the work of the students, faculty, administration and community in building a music program of which we all can be proud," said Brian P. Timmons, district music coordinator of Bergenfield public schools, in Bergenfield, N.J. "Through the economic crisis, we have been able to continue to grow and develop our program with unprecedented participation. Our designation has undoubtedly been a positive factor in that success.
Marketing and Promotional Tools
Congratulations on being designated a Best Community for Music Education school or district. Now, it's time to shout it from the rooftops! Promote this accomplishment using tips from the 'Best Communities' and 'SupportMusic' Promotional Tool Kits. The Promotional Tool Kit offers tips for making the most of your "Best Communities" designation.
Below you will find the links to the Downloadable 2013 High Resolution Logo, Poster, Certificate and the PR Tool Kit for promotional use.
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Please e-mail Sharon Bryant with any questions.