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Marple Newtown School District Recognized Nationally

For Schools’ Music Education Efforts

As One of the Best Communities for Music Education,

District Heralded for Support Music Education

NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA. – The NAMM Foundation recognizes Marple Newtown School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation. Marple Newtown joins 388 districts across the country to receive the prestigious distinction this year.

In its 16th year, Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) 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.

As Marple Newtown finalizes its 2015-2016 budgets, the announcement of this year’s Best Communities for Music Education designation brings attention to the importance of keeping music education part of the school district’s core education and music’s vital role in student success in school.

The BCME designation is an important part of the NAMM Foundation’s efforts to advocate for school-based music education. Numerous studies have demonstrated that learning to play music can boost other academic and social skills, such as math and learning to cooperate in a group. The NAMM-funded Cost of Music Education study found that a comprehensive K–12 music education program cost an average of $187 per student per year in the sample district.