Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Recognized Nationally As One of the Best Communities for Music Education; District Heralded for Support of Music Education
The NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation has recognized the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) for its outstanding commitment to music education with the prestigious Best Communities for Music Education designation for 2016.
In its 17th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the school's core curriculum. The recognition rests on school district funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music program and community music-making programs.
"Music education is a valuable component in the school curriculum. Music provides students a way to uniquely express themselves, develop strong interpersonal skills, and learn skills necessary for success in the 21st Century. SMMUSD is proud of the many accomplishments of its music program, faculty, and students," said Tom Whaley, Coordinator of the Visual and Performing Arts with the District. "The Best Communities for Music Education designation affirms the District's belief that all children should have access to quality music education. Our students receive a first-class education!"