April 7, 2017 – 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 fifth year that BCSD receives this honor. The District is one of 4% of districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2017.
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, the District has provided an award-winning, exemplary music education program for 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 again be recognized as a Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation.”
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. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, visit www.nammfoundation.org.