Burlington ranks among nation’s top communities for support of music education
The NAMM Foundation recognizes Burlington for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. Burlington joins 376 districts across the country to receive the prestigious distinction in 2014.
In its 15th 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 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 Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.
Burlington’s commitment to Music Education and all Performing and Visual Arts is clear. Our students continue to excel at all levels. This success starts with strong community support coupled with talented educators who all recognize that music instruction is a fundamental component of academic achievement.
The Best Communities for Music Education program plays an important part of the NAMM Foundation’s efforts to make music education part of the core curriculum assuring that the benefits of music making are available to every child. Numerous studies have demonstrated that learning to play music can boost academic and social skills, lower disciplinary action and keep kids in schools.
About NAMM Foundation:
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its nearly 9,000 members around the world with the mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.