Loudoun County, VA (May 4, 2015) – Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has again been named as one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation.
LCPS joins 388 school districts across the country in receiving this prestigious designation. These districts and schools set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education.
The Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) program applauds the efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders working to assure that music education is part of the core curriculum. Now in its 16th year, the BCME program evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. The NAMM Foundation, with the assistance of researchers at The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kan. (an affiliate of the University of Kansas), evaluate participants on these factors. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and greater access to music education.
The BCME program is one of the NAMM Foundation’s foremost efforts to bolster support for school-based music education programs. Providing music education for all students is something any community can accomplish if it has the collective will to do so, regardless of size or affluence.
The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 9,000 members around the world.