CARLSBAD CA – The Boyertown Area and Owen J. Roberts school districts were designated Monday (March 16, 2015) by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation as two of 388 districts in 46 states it considers as the nation’s “Best Communities for Music Education.”
Observing its 16th year, the designation “singles out districts for outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the core curriculum,” the foundation said.
It evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction. Researchers at the Center for Public Partnerships & Research, an affiliate of the University of Kansas, led the data review.
Recent research has shown strong ties between music education and overall student success, it added. Northwestern University brain researcher Dr. Nina Kraus demonstrated that participation in music education programs helps improve brain function and sparks language development.
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