Best Communities for Music Education

The Best Communities for Music Education survey acknowledges schools and districts across the United States for their commitment to and support of music education.

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527 Districts and 92 Schools Recognized as Best Communities for Music Education by The NAMM Foundation and U. of Kansas

527 school districts and 92 schools across the nation are being recognized by The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for their outstanding music education programs. In cooperation with researchers at The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas, and based on survey results, The NAMM Foundation each year selects school districts to be recognized as being among the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME), while individual schools with excellent music education receive the SupportMusic Merit Award (SMMA).

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Download the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the program.
Email Sharon Bryant if you have additional questions.

Download Survey PDF

View and download the the 2017 BCME District Survey
View and download the the 2017 SMMA School Survey

Will Your School or District Be a 2018 Best Community for Music Education?

School districts and schools are encouraged to apply for a national distinction as a Best Communities for Music Education. Presented by The NAMM Foundation, the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) and its counterpart, the SupportMusic Merit Award (SMMA) recognize the outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, students and community leaders at the district and individual level who share in the common goal to ensure access to music for all students in the classroom.

The opportuntity to apply to be considered will open in the fall 2017.  Sign up here to receive our newsletter and receive updates about the Best Communities for Music Education program.

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