The Weston School District has been recognized by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation for outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation.
Weston joins 307 districts across the country to receive the distinction this year.
In its 14th year, Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) identifies school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.
The BCME survey requires districts to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by the Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kan., an affiliate of the University of Kansas.
“We are honored to have received this distinction and our district is committed to providing each of our students with the best music education that we can offer,” said Liz Morris, curriculum instructional leader for K-12 music and art.
She said as Weston completes its 2013-14 budgets, the announcement of this year’s Best Communities for Music Education designation brings attention to the importance of keeping music education part of the schools’ core education and music’s vital role in student success in school.
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the mission of advancing active participation in music-making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry.