District Named One of "Best Communities for Music Education"

The Fox Chapel Area School District has been named among the 2016 Best Communities for Music Education (BCME). This is the fifth year in a row that the district received this prestigious designation! Fox Chapel Area is one of only 62 in the state of Pennsylvania and one of 476 school districts in the nation chosen for this honor. The districts were selected through a program sponsored by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation which acknowledges and celebrates schools and districts across the United States for their commitment to and support of music education.

Now in its 17th year, Best Communities for Music Education recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who work together to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum. The program evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, community support, participation, and access to music instruction. Awardees were selected by representatives of the NAMM Foundation and by researchers at The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its thousands of 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.