District Again Named "One of Best Communities for Music Education"
The Fox Chapel Area School District has been named among the 2015 Best Communities for Music Education (BCME). This is the fourth year in a row that the district received this prestigious designation! Fox Chapel Area is one of 54 in the state of Pennsylvania and one of only 388 school districts in the nation chosen for this honor. The districts were selected through a program sponsored by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation which acknowledges and celebrates schools and districts across the United States for their commitment to and support of music education. The Best Communities for Music Education designation brings attention to the importance of keeping music education as part of schools’ core education and music’s vital role in student success in school. In its 16th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum. The program 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 reviewed by researchers at The Center for Public Partnerships and Research, an affiliate of the University of Kansas. 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.