The NAMM Foundation recognizes the Chelmsford Public Schools for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. Chelmsford is one of 4% of districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2017. This is Chelmsford’s fifth consecutive year receiving NAMM’s Best Communities for Music Education designation!
In its 18th 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 reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
This award recognizes that Chelmsford is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, and awaiting state implementation designates music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.
“In Chelmsford, we understand that participating in music supports academic and emotional growth, as well as enriching students’ lives,” said Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator Christina Whittlesey. "Thank you to the Chelmsford families, community members, and administrators who continue to encourage students' musical development in our district!"
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.