District Named One of "Best Communities for Music Education"
The Fox Chapel Area School District has been named among the 2019 Best Communities for Music Education. This is the eighth year in a row that the district received this prestigious designation! Fox Chapel Area is one of 92 in the state of Pennsylvania and one of 623 school districts in the nation chosen for this honor that recognizes outstanding commitment to music education.
The districts were selected through a program sponsored by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation which acknowledges and celebrates outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, School Board members, and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.
“I am incredibly proud of all of our music educators here in the Fox Chapel Area School District and the amazing work that they do with our students every day,” said Superintendent Gene Freeman, Ed.D. “Music and the arts are an integral part of the education of our students and are a very important part of our curriculum.”
To qualify for the Best Communities for Music Education designation, Fox Chapel Area music teachers answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music program. Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music.
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported by 12 foundation partners and its approximately 10,400 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.