Area school districts recognized as best in the nation for music education

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) foundation has released a list of this year’s Best Communities for Music Education designation.

The designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding efforts in order to provide music access and education to all of its students.

In order to qualify for the Best Communities designation, schools had to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs.

12 News spoke with Johnson City Central School District music coordinator Julie Beard on Tuesday about the designation.

“We’re well supported by our administration and school board, it means our teachers are teaching to the new core art standards, it means that teachers that are not teaching music are incorporating it in their classrooms,” said Beard.

Several school districts in our community applied for and received the designation, including:

  • Johnson City schools
  • Chenango Valley schools
  • Vestal schools
  • Maine Endwell schools
  • Owego-Apalachin schools
  • Windsor schools
  • Waverly schools

You can see the entire list of schools across the country that received the designation on the NAMM foundation website.

Chris Overby

Chris Overby

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