WESTPORT, Conn. -- The National Association of Music Merchants recently designated Westport as a "Best Community for Music Education in America" for the second consecutive year.
The honor is based upon criteria of the 2013-14 school year and includes program structure and offerings, levels of student participation, and administrative and community support.
This year, the NAMM Foundation designated 376 districts as Best Communities for Music Education and 96 individual schools as SupportMusic Merit Award winners.
“These schools and districts make a strong commitment to music education in the core curriculum supporting its essential value to a well-rounded education for every child,” Mary Luehrsen, NAMM Foundation executive director, said in a statement.
“Strong, engaging programs that offer students access to music cannot thrive in a vacuum. The Best Communities designation and the SupportMusic Merit Award bring hard-won visibility to music classes, programs and departments that are keeping music education alive in our schools.”