NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants) recently recognized New Providence School District as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the United States.

This year NAMM named 476 districts out of the nation’s 13,515 school districts that made an outstanding effort to make music learning for all students part of the curriculum. This is the fourth year in a row that New Providence has earned this distinction.

“The schools and districts that the NAMM Foundation honors this year with this award demonstrate a commitment to supporting music education and assuring opportunities for music learning in the curriculum for all students,” said Mary Luehrsen of the NAMM Foundation. The BCME program evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, community support, participation and access to music instruction.

The music program in New Providence continues to excel each year. In 2015, the 147 members of the New Providence High School Marching Band won the State and National championship in their division. Also, in 2015, four New Providence High School students (Kara Dobias, Kevin Dackow, Mary Kate Buchman and Juliana Ruta, were selected to participate in all-state honors choirs, and Kevin Dackow was also accepted to the All-National Honor Choir.