Utica Community Schools honored as one of the nation’s top communities for music education
Utica Community Schools honored as one of the nation’s top communities for music education
Posted on 04/18/2018
Honors Choir performing - students on a riser with hands in the air

Utica Community Schools has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the nation.

UCS has been honored for its overall support and commitment to music education by the California-based National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).

“This honor reflects the talents of our students, the dedication and commitment of our music teachers, and the support our entire community provides music education,” Dr. Christine Johns said. “Music education is a critical part of our school district’s academic program and success, and our instrumental and vocal music students and staff continue to be recognized for their high level of professionalism.”

The NAMM Foundation’s stamp of approval acknowledges and celebrates 583 school districts across the United States.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, UCS answered 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 Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

This is the fourth time the UCS community has earned this award.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.

For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.