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    *Graphics provided by the NAMM Foundation and used with permission

  • District music department nationally recognized for its outstanding program

    On April 7, Bellefonte Area School District received notification that its music department and the Bellefonte community were named one of the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation’s best communities for music education. According to the foundation, the district is being nationally recognized for its “outstanding commitment to music education.”

    According to a statement from the NAMM Foundation, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. This is the 21st year of the honor.

    To qualify for the designation, Bellefonte Area School District answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities and support for the music programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

    “Bellefonte performing arts educators are beyond humbled to receive this award,” said Jayme Zimmerman, the district’s director of elementary bands. “Music education has a longstanding tradition of excellence in our area. It is a tremendous honor to see our program recognized on a national level.”

    The statement from the NAMM Foundation also said this award recognizes Bellefonte Area School District for "leading the way with learning opportunities" as outlined in Every Student Succeeds Act. The legislation, that replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, guides national implementation and recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.

    *By Brit Milazzo, public relations director, BASD