August 27, 2008
NAMM Names Best Communities For Music Education
MTNA joined forces with the NAMM Foundation and other leading organi- zations to search for communities that support music education and include music education offerings as part of a complete education for all students. The NAMM Foundation announced the results of the ninth annual "Best Communities for Music Education" survey, which includes 110 school districts across the United States. The designated programs exemplify community commitment to include music education as part of a quality education for all children. This year's roster of musical schools represents 29 states with New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia representing the most dis- tricts. Hundreds of teachers, school and district administrators, school board members, parents and commu- nity leaders, representing communities in all 50 states, partici- pated in the web-based survey. The districts were measured across a variety of program support, curricular and programmatic criteria. Furthermore, the results were measured proportionally, so that communities of different sizes were compared equally.
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 relevant factors in their communities' music education programs. The responses were verified with district officials, and the sponsoring organizations reviewed the data.
To view the complete roster of "Best Communities," visit www.nammfoundation.org.
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