Monday, March 30, 2015

National Recognition for Music Program

Owen J. Roberts School District’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition;
Named a Best Community for Music!

The NAMM Foundation has recognized Owen J. Roberts School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. Owen J. Roberts School District joins approximately 388 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious distinction in 2015.

Now in its 16th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of 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 Center for Public Partnerships and Research, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

New research shows students involved with community music programs
demonstrate improvement in subjects such as reading.  Other reports indicate that learning to play music can boost academic and social skills, such as processing math and learning to cooperate in group settings.

About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National
Association of Music Merchants and its nearly 9,200 members around the world. The Foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit

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