Metro Schools is one of the best districts in the nation for music education

NAMMThe NAMM Foundation recognizes Metro Nashville Public Schools for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. Metro Schools 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.

“Music and arts are a vital part of how we serve students,” said Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register. “Music keepsmmu students engaged in school and interested in learning. As we recently learned thanks to a University of Kansas study, students engaged in music programs outperform other students in almost every academic area from grade point average to ACT score.”

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.