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Williamsport Among Nation’s ‘Best Communities for Music Education’

Apr 02, 2015 11:59AM ● By Erica Shames

The NAMM Foundation recently recognized the Williamsport Area School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation.

WASD joins 388 districts across the country to receive the prestigious distinction in 2015, earning the designation for the 13th time in the past 14 years.

 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.

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 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. Numerous studies have demonstrated that learning to play music can boost academic and social skills, lower disciplinary action and keep kids in schools.

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, visit

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