South Country Recognized Nationally for Music Education 2015

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The South Country Central School District has once again been recognized by the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. South Country joins 388 districts in 46 states to receive the prestigious "Best Communities for Music Education" distinction in 2015. This is the second time South Country has received this recognition.

In its 16th 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. According to the White House's Turnaround Arts program, 1.3 million elementary school students still have no access to music classes.

The BCME designation takes on added significance this year with new research showing strong evidence of the correlation between music education and overall student success. A recent Northwestern University study conducted by researcher Dr. Nina Kraus "shows that participation in music education programs helps improve brain function and sparks language development."

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.

The South Country Music Department provides a high quality music education for all district students through many classroom and performance ensembles. Over 1800 students grades 3 through 12 participate in our performance ensembles while many others benefit from our extensive classroom experiences and rigorous music theory program.

About NAMM Foundation:

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its nearly 9,000 members around the world with the mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit