RANDOLPH, NJ – The NAMM Foundation recognizes Randolph, NJ for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. Randolph joins 376 districts across the country to receive the prestigious distinction in 2014.
In its 15th 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.
“This is the seventh time that the Randolph Township Schools have been recognized with the Best Communities for Music Education award” said David Imhof, District Supervisor for Visual and Performing Arts. “For a district to receive this award over multiple years shows a true commitment to music education. We are very fortunate in Randolph to have a music staff that is dedicated to providing an outstanding experience in music education for our students. Without these teachers, as well as the constant support from district administration and the Board of Education, this award would not be possible.”
As Randolph finalizes its 2014–2015 budgets, the announcement of this year’s Best Communities for Music Education designation brings attention to the importance of keeping music education part of school’s core education and music’s vital role in student success in school.
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.
Randolph schools offer a comprehensive music program which features General Music in grades K – 8, Vocal Music in grades 4 – 12, a string instrument program in grades 4 -12, a band instrument program in grades 5 – 12, and a music technology program in grades 7 – 12.
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 www.nammfoundation.org.