Don't Miss Out on Being Recognized as a Best Community for Music Education!

Teachers, parents, school administrators and board members are invited to complete the 2013 survey online now through Friday, January 18, 2013. Many districts reported that making the "Best Communities" list has had a positive effect on their ability to sustain and advance music education programs. In 2012, 176 communities were recognized, including 166 school districts and 10 schools.

"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. "Though 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."

The Best Communities for Music Education survey, presented by the NAMM Foundation, asks detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and other relevant factors about their communities' music education programs. One application may be submitted for school districts and community members are encouraged to work together to complete the comprehensive survey. Individual schools such as parochial, charter and home school networks can submit a survey to be considered for a SupportMusic Merit Award and be recognized for their commitment to music education.   

The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas, hosts the survey and has updated and refined processes for assessment of community selection. Survey responses are verified with district officials and then advisory organizations review the data.

To download the survey and review the questions, click here. (

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