District Again Named One of "Best Communities for Music Education"

The Fox Chapel Area School District has been named among the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education. This is the sixth year in a row that the district received this prestigious designation! Fox Chapel Area is one of only 73 in the state of Pennsylvania and one of 527 school districts in the nation chosen for this honor that recognizes outstanding music programs. 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 18th year, the Best Communities for Music Education program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who work together to make 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 program evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly-qualified teachers, commitment to standards, 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 non-profit 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.