Where Are the "Best 100 Communities for Music Education" in America?

12/8/2006 [Corporate]

Online Submissions for Nationwide Assessment Accepted Through January 23 at www.amc-music.org

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Numerous research studies continue to reveal the positive relationship between music education and success in school and life. The American Music Conference (AMC) seeks to recognize and celebrate, through a nationwide survey, communities committed to creating opportunities for music education.

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The eighth annual "Best 100 Communities for Music Education" survey is currently accepting online submissions, and will remain open through January 23. The survey, which can be completed by visiting AMC on the Web at www.amc-music.org, is open to anyone – parents, teachers, school administrators, community members – who wishes to enter information about their school and community.

Since 2000, the 'Best 100' survey has assessed a community's actions and commitment to music through budget, staffing, variety of programs, instructor certification, availability of private instruction and other criteria. The results are measured proportionally, so that communities of different sizes are compared on an equal footing. The survey's sponsors encourage people to complete the survey themselves, or pass it along to school administrators and independent educators in their communities who may best be able to fill in the required data.

"Music education is integral to a quality education and a child's education is really not complete without music," says Mary Luehrsen, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for NAMM, the International Music Products Association. "Research tells us that music education builds strong bridges to success in school and in life.  The 'Best 100' survey highlights communities in America that are committed to creating opportunities for music education for children and young people."  

Following an audit of the preliminary data, the 2007 'Best 100' communities will be released at the end of February 2007.

In conducting the annual survey, AMC is joined by a partnership of key organizations in the fields of music and education: The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation (www.mhopus.org), The Metropolitan Opera Guild (www.operaed.org), The Music for All Foundation (www.music-for-all.org), The Music Teachers National Association (www.mtna.org), NAMM, the International Music Products Association (www.namm.com), National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts (www.nationalguild.org), National School Boards Association (www.nsba.org) Perseus Development Corp. (www.perseus.com), Yamaha Corporation of America and VH1 Save The Music Foundation (www.vh1savethemusic.com).

Please see the previous 'Best 100' recognized communities.

Abilene ISD Abilene TX
Abington Heights School District Clarks Summit PA
Academy 20 Colorado Springs CO
Aldine Independent School District Houston TX
Alpine School District American Fork UT
Ambridge Area School District Ambridge PA
Anchor Bay School District New Baltimore MI
Andover Unified School District 385 Andover KS
Ann Arbor Public Schools Ann Arbor MI
Arlington Independent School District Arlington TX
Arlington Public Schools Arlington VA
Arlington School District 38-1 Arlington SD
Auburn School District No.408 Auburn WA
Aurelia Community School Aurelia IA
Austin ISD Austin TX
Avon Community School Corporation Avon IN
Avon Lake City School District Avon Lake OH
Bakersfield City School District Bakersfield CA
Baldwin Union Free School District Baldwin NY
Baltimore County Schools Towson MD
Barnstable SD Hyannis MA
Battle Creek Public Schools Battle Creek MI
Bay Shore Union Free School District Bay Shore NY
Bay Village City School District Bay Village OH
Beachwood City Schools Beachwood OH
Bellevue Public Schools Bellevue NE
Belmont School District Belmont MA
Berea City Schools Berea OH
Bergenfield Boro Bergenfield NJ
Bethel School District Bethel CT
Berlin Boro Board of Education Berlin NJ
Bexley City School District Bexley OH
Big Timber Grade School Big Timber MT
Binghamton City School District Binghamton NY
Birdville Independent School District Haltom City TX
Birmingham Public School District Birmingham MI
Blue Valley School District Overland Park KS
Boardman Local School District Boardman OH
Bolivar High School Bolivar MO
Borger Independent School District Borger TX
Boyertown Area School District Boyertown PA
Bozeman Public Schools Bozeman MT
Brentwood Union Free School District Brentwood NY Brewster Central Schools Brewster NY
Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District Bridgewater NJ
Bristol Public Schools Bristol CT
Bucyrus City School District Bucyrus OH
Buffalo ISD 877 Buffalo MN
Burkburnett ISD Burkburnett TX
Burlington City Schools Burlington NJ
Cadillac Area Public Schools Cadillac MI
Camp Hill School District Camp Hill PA
Campbell County School District Gillette WY
Canandaigua City School District Canandaigua NY
Canton Union District #66 Canton IL
Cape Girardeau School District #63 Cape Girardeau MO
Capistrano Unified School District San Juan Capistrano CA
Carmel Clay School Carmel IN
Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District Carrollton TX
Cedar Grove-Belgium Public Schools Cedar Grove WI
Centennial SD Warminster PA
Central Cambria School District Ebensburg PA
Central District 104 O'Fallon IL
Central Kitsap School District Silverdale WA
Central York School District York PA
Charlottesville City Public School Charlottesville VA
Chelmsford Public Schools N. Chelmsford MA
Chesapeake City Schools Chesapeake VA
Cheshire Public Schools Cheshire CT
Chester Area School District 39-1 Chester SD
Chesterfield Township Schools Trenton NJ
Cheyenne Mountain 12 Colorado Springs CO
City School District of New Rochelle New Rochelle NY Clarence Central School Clarence NY
Clark County School District Las Vegas NV
Clarkstown Central School District New City NY
Clayton County Public Schools Jonesboro GA
Clear Creek Independent School District League City TX
Clovis Municipal Schools Clovis NM
Clovis Unified School District Clovis CA
Cobb County School District Marietta GA
Columbia Public Schools Columbia MO
Commack Public Schools Commack NY
Community Consolidated District No. 54 Schaumburg IL
Community Consolidated School District 64 Park Ridge IL
Community Unit School District 200 Wheaton IL
Concord Union School District Concord NH
Conestoga Valley School District Lancaster PA
Consolidated School District of New Britain New Britain CT
Converse County School District #2 Glenrock WY
Cooperstown CSD Cooperstown NY
Coppell Independent School District Coppell TX
Corning-Painted Post Area School District Painted Post NY
Cranbury Township School District Cranbury NJ
Cranford Public Schools Cranford NJ
Cranston School Department Cranston RI
Cupertino Union School District Cupertino CA
Dade County SD Miami FL
Davenport School District #207 Davenport WA
Dearborn Public Schools Dearborn MI
Deer Park Union Free School District Deer Park NY
DeKalb County School System Decatur GA
Delphi Community School Corp Delphi IN
Denton Independent School District Denton TX
Derry Township School District Hershey PA
District #877 Buffalo Buffalo MN
District 912- Milaca Milaca MN
Durham Public Schools Durham NC
East Brunswick Schools East Brunswick NJ
East Central Community Miles IA
East Meadow Union Free School District Westbury NY
East Ramapo Central School District Spring Valley NY
Eastern Camden County Regional Voorhees NJ
Eastern Lancaster County School District New Holland PA
Easton Area School District Easton PA
Eden Prairie Schools, District 272 Eden Prairie MN
Edgeley Public Schools Edgeley ND
Edmonds School District 15 Lynnwood WA
Elk City Schools Elk City OK
Elkhart Community Schools Elkhart IN
Endicott School District Endicott WA
Ephrata Area School District Ephrata PA
Fairfax County Public Schools Fairfax VA
Fargo Public Schools Fargo ND
Farmington Public Schools Farmington MI
Fayette County Public Schools Lexington KY
Fayetteville School District No. 1 Fayetteville AR
Fayetteville-Manlius CSD Manlius NY
Fleetwood Area School District Fleetwood PA
Flemington-Raritan Regional School District Flemington NJ
Folsom/Cordova School District Folsom CA
Forestville School District Forestville CA
Forsyth County Schools Cumming GA
Fort Bend Independent School District Sugar Land TX
Fort Benton School District No. 1 Fort Benton MT
Foster-Glocester Regional District Chepachet RI
Fox Chapel Area School District Pittsburgh PA
Freeport School District #145 Freeport IL
Frenship Independent School District Wolfforth TX
Frontier Central Schools Hamburg NY
Fulton County Schools Atlanta GA
Fulton School District Number 58 Fulton MO
Galva-Holstein Community School Holstein IA
Garden City Union Free School District Garden City NY
Garland Independent School District Garland TX
Gates Chili Central School District Rochester NY Germantown School District Germantown WI
Georgetown ISD Georgetown TX
Gettysburg Area School District Gettysburg PA
Geyser Public Schools Geyser MT
Glenview Public Schools Glenview IL
Goshen Community Schools Goshen IN
Grand Forks Public School District #1 Grand Forks ND
Grant Public School Grant NE
Great Falls Public Schools Great Falls MT
Great Neck Union Free school District Great Neck NY Greater Johnstown School District Johnstown NY
Greenwich School District Greenwich CT
Gwinnett County Public Schools Lawrenceville GA
Hamilton School District #3 Hamilton MT
Hamilton Southeastern Schools Fishers IN
Hanover County Public Schools Ashland VA Hanover/Dresden SD Hanover NH
Harborfields Central School District Greenlawn NY
Hardin Elementary Hardin MT
Harford County Public Schools Bel Air MD
Hastings Public Schools Hastings NE
Henrico County Schools Richmond VA
Herricks UFSD No. 9 New Hyde Park NY
Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools Woodmere NY
Hillsborough County School District Tampa FL
Homewood City Schools Homewood AL
Hopewell Public Schools Hopewell VA
Hopewell Valley Regional District Pennington NJ
Horry County School District Conway SC
Horseheads Central School District Horseheads NY Hortonville Area School District Hortonville WI
Howard County Public Schools System Ellicott City MD
Hudson City School District Hudson OH
Hudson School District Hudson WI
Humble Independent School District Humble TX
Huntington Union Free School District Huntington Station NY
Independent School District #544 Fergus Falls MN
Independent school district 877 Buffalo, MN Buffalo MN Indian Prairie School District 204 Naperville IL
Island Trees UFSD Levittown NY
Ithaca City School District Ithaca NY
Jackson Madison Schools Jackson TN
Jamestown Public Schools Jamestown NY
Jefferson-Scranton Community Schools Jefferson IA
Jenison Public Schools Jenison MI
Jericho Union Free School District Jericho NY
Johnson City Central School District Johnson City NY
Johnson County School District # 1 Buffalo WY
Katy Independent School District Katy TX
Kenosha School District Kenosha WI
Kings Canyon Unified Reedley CA
Kings Park Central School District Kings Park NY
Kingsport City Schools Kingsport TN
Knox Community Schools Knox IN
La Crosse School District La Crosse WI
La Grande School District La Grande OR
Lafayette School District Lafayette CA
Laguna Beach Unified School District Laguna Beach CA
Lakota Public Schools Lakota ND
Lampeter-Strasburg School District Lampeter PA
Lancaster Central School District Lancaster NY
Lancaster School Distrcit Lancaster PA
Lawrence High School Lawrenceville NJ
Le Roy CSD Le Roy NY
Lewis Palmer District # 38 Monument CO
Lewisville ISD Flower Mound TX Liberty Public Schools #53 Liberty MO
Lincoln Public Schools Lincoln NE
Linwood City Schools Linwood NJ
Littleton Public Schools Littleton CO
Lockwood Schools Billings MT
Lombard School District 44 Lombard IL
Loudoun County Public Schools Leesburg VA
Lubbock ISD Lubbock TX
Ludington Area Schools Ludington MI
Luverne Independent School District 2184 Luverne MN
MSD Lawrence Township Indianapolis IN
Madison City Schools Madison AL
Madison County Schools Richmond KY
Madison Public Schools Madison NJ
Maine Consolidated School District #10 Parks AZ
Maize #266 Maize KS
Mamaroneck Union Free School District Mamaroneck NY
Marshall Public Schools Marshall MN
Massapequa School District Massapequa NY
Mayfield City School District Mayfield OH
McLean County Unit #5 Normal IL
Meade 46-1 School District Sturgis SD
Melrose Public Schools Melrose MA
Memphis City Schools Memphis TN
Mendham Township School District Brookside NJ
Mercer Island School District Mercer Island WA
Middle Country Central School District Centereach NY
Midway Independent School District Waco TX
Millard Public Schools Omaha NE
Millburn Township Public Schools Millburn NJ
MOC-Floyd Valley Community School District Orange City IA
Monongalia County Schools Morgantown WV
Monroe County SD Key West FL
Monroe Public Schools Monroe MI
Monroe-Woodbury Central School District Central Valley NY
Montgomery County Christiansburg VA
Morris Elementary School District No. 54 Morris IL
Mount Pleasant City School District Mount Pleasant MI
Mt. Zion Community SD #3 Mt. Zion IL
Munday Consolidated Independent School District Munday TX
Narragansett School District Narragansett RI
Nanuet Public Schools Nanuet NY
Nevada Community School District Nevada IA
New Hanover County Schools Wilmington NC
New Hope-Solebury School District New Hope PA
New London Community School District New London IA
New Providence School District New Providence NJ
Newton Local School District Pleasant Hill OH
Newtown School District Newtown CT
Niobrara County School District #1 Lusk WY
Nodaway-Holt R-7 Graham MO
Norman Public Schools Norman OK
North Allegheny Schools Pittsburgh PA
North Babylon Union Free School District North Babylon NY
North Lake School District North Lake WI
North Merrick Union Free School District North Merrick NY
North Rockland Central School District Garnerville NY
Northborough-Southborough Schools Northborough MA
Northport-East Northport UFSD Northport NY
Nutley Town Schools Nutley NJ
Oak Park Elementary Schools Oak Park IL
Olathe District Schools Olathe KS
Onalaska School District Onalaska WI
Open Door Christian Schools, INC. Elyria OH
Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School St. Johnsville NY
Orange County School District Orlando FL
Orono Public Schools Orono ME Osage County R-II Linn MO
Ossining Union Free School District Ossining NY
Oswego community district #308 Oswego IL
Oxford School District Oxford MS
Palo Alto Unified School District Palo Alto CA
Paramus Public Schools Paramus NJ
Paris Special School District Paris TN
Paris-Union SD #95 Paris IL Park Ridge CC SD
#64 Park Ridge IL Parkway School District Chesterfield MO
Pasco School District Pasco WA
Pearl Public School District Pearl MS
Penfield Central School District Penfield NY
Pennsbury School District Fallsington PA
Perry School District Perry OK
Pierre Public Schools Pierre SD
Piscataway, NJ Piscataway NJ
Pittsford Central Schools Pittsford NY
Plainfield School District Meriden NH
Plano Independent School District Plano TX
Port Clinton City Schools Port Clinton OH
Portola Valley School District Portola Valley CA
Poquoson City Schools Poquoson VA
Port Jefferson School District Port Jefferson NY
Prior Lake Savage Area School District 719 Savage MN
Pulaski County Somerset KY Quaker Valley Sewickley PA
Randolph Township Schools Randolph NJ
Red Oak Community Schools Red Oak IA
Red Rock Central Schools Lamberton MN
Richardson ISD Richardson TX
Richland School District One Columbia SC
Ridgefield Public Schools Ridgefield NJ
Roanoke County Public Schools Roanoke VA
Rockwood R-VI Eureka MO
Rocky Point Union Free School District Rocky Point NY
Rogers Rogers AR Rosalia School District Rosalia WA
Roundup Public Schools, Districts 55-55H Roundup MT
Royalton-Hartland Central School District Middleport NY
Rudyard Area Schools Rudyard MI
Rush-Henrietta Central School District Henrietta NY
Rutland City Public Schools Rutland VT
Sachem Central School District Holbrook NY
Saint Lucie County Fort Pierce FL Salem, MA
Public Schools Salem MA Saline Area Schools Saline MI
Sayville UFSD Sayville NY
Schalmont Central School District Schenectady NY Schaumburg Community Consolidated School District 54 Schaumburg IL
School District of Hillsborough County Tampa FL
School District of Fort Atkinson Fort Atkinson WI
School District of Kohler Kohler WI
School District of Oconee County Walhalla SC
School District of Onalaska Onalaska WI
School District of the Chathams Chatham NJ
Scobey Public Schools Scobey MO
Scottsdale Unified School District Phoenix AZ
Seaman USD #345 Topeka KS
Selkirk School District No. 70 Metaline Falls WA
Shawnee Mission Public Schools Shawnee Mission KS
Shelby Public School Shelby MT
Sheridan County School District Number 2 Sheridan WY
Simsbury Public Schools Simsbury CT
Sioux Falls Catholic Schools Sioux Falls SD
Siuslaw SD 97-J Florence OR
Smithtown Central Schools Smithtown NY
Smoky Valley School District Lindsborg KS
Solon City Schools Solon OH
South Brunswick Township Monmouth Junction NJ
South Haven Public Schools South Haven MI
South Huntington Union Free School District Huntington Station NY
South Windsor Public School South Windsor CT
Southwestern CSD at Jamestown Jamestown NY
Springfield Public Schools Springfield MO St. Charles RVI School District St. Charles MO
St Helena Unified School District St. Helena CA
State College Area State College PA
Stillwater #834 Stillwater MN Stonington Public Schools Old Mystic CT
Summit Hill District 161 Frankfort IL
Summit Public Schools Summit NJ
Syosset Central School District Syosset NY
The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School Franklin MA
Tigerton School District Tigerton WI
Tippecanoe School Corporation Lafayette IN
Topeka #501 School District Topeka KS
Torrington Public Schools Torrington CT
Trinity Area School District Washington PA
Troy School District 1 Troy MI
Tucson Unified School District Tucson AZ
Ukiah Unified School District Ukiah CA
Union City School District Union City TN
Union City School System Union City TN
Union Township Board Of Education Union NJ
Unionville-Chaddsford School District Kennett Square PA
USD 437 Auburn Washburn Public Schools Topeka KS
Valparaiso Community Schools Valparaiso IN
Van Alstyne Independent School District Van Alstyne TX
Van Buren Local School District Van Buren OH
Van Buren Public Schools Van Buren AR
Visalia Unified School District Visalia CA
Washoe County School District Reno NV
Warrensburg R-VI Warrensburg MO
Watauga County Schools Boone NC
Watchung Borough Schools Watchung NJ
Waterford School District Waterford MI
Watertown Unified School District Watertown WI
Webster Central School District Webster NY
Wellesley Public Schools Wellesley MA
West Central School District Hartford SD
West Genesee Central School District Camillus NY
West Hartford School District West Hartford CT
West Irondequoit Central School District Rochester NY
West Lafayette Community School Corporation West Lafayette IN
West Linn-Wilsonville School District 3JT West Linn OR
West Milford Township Public Schools West Milford NJ
West Shore School District New Cumberland PA
West Windsor Plainsboro Regional Schools Plainsboro NJ
Westborough Public Schools Westborough MA
Westfield Town School District Westfield NJ
Wetzel County Schools New Martinsville WV
White Plains City School District White Plains NY
Whitesboro Central School Yorkville NY
Wicomico County Board of Education Salisbury MD
Willard Schools Willard MO
William E Doar, Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing Arts Washington DC
William Floyd Union Free School District Mastic Beach NY
Williamsport Area School District Williamsport PA
Williamsville Central School District Williamsville NY
Wilton School District Wilton CT
Winfield School District 34 Winfield IL
Wissahickon Public Schools Ambler PA
Wood County School District Parkersburg WV
Woodside School District Woodside CA
Worcester County Public Schools Newark MD

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