April 1, 2016 – The Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) is proud to announce that it has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. This is the fourth year that
BCSD receives this honor. The District joins 476 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious
award in 2016.
The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding
achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Districts that have been
recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost
their own music education programs.
“For many years, now, the District has provided an award-winning, exemplary music education program
to its students,” said Michael Stone, Coordinator for the Visual and Performing Arts Department at BCSD.
“The music faculty, parents, community, and administration are strong supporters of the music program,
and are proud to be recognized as a 2016 Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM
To qualify for the Best Communities designation, BCSD answered detailed questions about funding,
graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music
program, and community music-making programs.