FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Four Fairfield County school districts were among those honored for their outstanding music education programs by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.
The Bethel, Fairfield, Newtown and Westport public school districts were among the 527 school districts recognized nationwide. The schools were selected as the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation based on survey results in cooperation with research as the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
The designation recognizes the efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who make music education a part of the curriculum. Schools were evaluated based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction.
“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.”