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Three Florida School Districts Honored for Music Education

The NAMM Foundation announced that Brevard Public Schools, Hillsborough County Public Schools, and Polk County Schools have been recognized in the ninth annual “Best Communities for Music Education” survey.

The designated programs exemplify community commitment to include music education as part of a quality education for all children.

The NAMM Foundation and its music education advocacy efforts work to ensure that all children have access to quality music education programs that encourage lifelong participation in music making. To view the complete list of “Best Communities,” visit

Hundreds of teachers, school and district administrators, school board members, parents and community leaders, representing communities in all 50 states, participated in the Web-based survey. The districts were measured across a variety of program support, curricular and programmatic criteria. In addition, the results were measured proportionally, so that communities of different sizes were compared equally.

Research reveals strong correlations between quality music education in school and academic achievement. Students actively involved with music programs develop skills needed by the 21st century workforce, including critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication and team work.