South Orange/Maplewood were named among the best music communities in the nation by the National Association of Music Merchants, or NAMM.
The organization honored 527 communities nationwide, according to its website that states:
In cooperation with researchers at The Music Research Institute at
the University of Kansas, and based on survey results, The NAMM
Foundation each year selects school districts to be recognized as being
among the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME), while individual schools with excellent music education receive the SupportMusic Merit Award (SMMA).
Now in its 18th year, the awards program recognizes outstanding
efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community
leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum.
Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an
exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. These
districts and schools set the bar in offering students access to
comprehensive music education.
The designation takes on added significance this year with new
research showing strong ties between K-12 school students who actively
participate in school music education programs and overall student
success. A recent study of students in the Chicago Public Schools by
brain researchers at Northwestern University, detailed in Neuroscientist
and Education Week,
builds on previous findings that participation in music education
programs helps improves brain function, discipline and language
“Studying music has intrinsic benefits and, on its own, is core to
learning. Also, the links between student success and music education
have now been demonstrated by brain researchers in multiple studies,”
said Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director of The NAMM Foundation. “The
schools and districts our foundation recognizes are building on that
connection between music and academics. These schools and districts are
models for other educators who see music as a key ingredient in a
well-rounded curriculum that makes music available to all children,
regardless of zip code.”
See the full list HERE.