The Mineola School District announced on Monday that for the fifth year in a row it has been selected as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in America.
This designation was given to only 307 districts nationwide by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM), which helped put together asurvey that was completed by thousands of districts across the country. The districts were measured across curricular and programmatic criteria, as well as through public support of their music programs, and only the top-rated districts were chosen.
Participants in the survey answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, course offerings, extra and co-curricular opportunities, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and other relevant factors in their communities’ music education programs.
The survey was developed and administered by the Institute for Educational Researchand Public Service, an affiliate of the University of Kansas. It was coordinated by the NAMM Foundation, with input from the following organizations: Americans forthe Arts, League of American Orchestras, the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Music for All, Music Teachers National Association, National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, National PTA, Yamaha Corporation of America and VH1 Save the Music Foundation.