BoardBuzz told you previously about the eighth annual survey of 100 Best Communities for Music Education. And the wait is over. The list was released this week, showcasing the very best across the country.
The survey even caught the eye of BroadwayWorld.com, which published this article. Perhaps some of the students in these prestigious districts will find homes on Broadway thanks to the excellent music education they receive at school.
“Arts are designated as core subjects within the federal No Child Left Behind Act, and the districts that participated in the ‘Best 100′ survey, and those who are being recognized here today, know that music education is connected to success in school and in life,” said Mary Luehrsen, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for NAMM. “The results of this year’s survey found that music programs receive support from many parts of a community-teachers, administrators, boards of education and community members, including local business owners. Parents, however, are the strongest force in assuring that young people have access to music as part of a complete education.” Luehrsen encourages parents who are committed to music and arts education for their children to become active locally by supporting efforts to be sure that all children have equal access. Support for community-based advocacy is available at www.supportmusic.com.
Participants in the survey answered detailed questions about funding, enrollment, student-teacher ratios, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, private music lesson participation, and other factors in their communities’ music education program. The responses were verified with district officials, and the sponsoring organizations reviewed the data.
You can view the complete list and see if your school district is one of the 100 best by clicking here. Learn about the participating organizations, including NSBA, by clicking here. And learn more detailed information about the survey itself by clicking here.