Arts Orange County congratulates Irvine Unified School District and Placentia-Yorba Linda School District for being selected as Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants! Only 100 school systems in the United States are given this designation each year and only 8 were selected from the state of California.
As the economy hinders state and local school budgets to adequately support music education, the 174 school districts named by the NAMM Foundation demonstrate an unwavering commitment to providing music education for their students.
The 2010 designation as a Best Community for Music Education comes at a precarious moment, as school districts nationwide are voting on their budgets in the coming weeks. According to the NAMM Foundation, this “Best Communities” designation represents not only a distinction worthy of pride, but a call to action for local music education advocates to help preserve – and in some cases, save – their current music education programs.