bcme 2017The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has once again recognized Osseo Area Schools for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation. This honor acknowledges efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who work together to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the curriculum.

This year, 527 school districts across the U.S. earned this designation. Osseo is one of only seven districts in Minnesota to receive this honor in 2017 and the only district in the state to achieve this feat every year since 2009.

With recent studies showing strong correlation between music education programs and students’ brain function, discipline and language development, the designation takes on added significance this year.

“Studying music has intrinsic benefits and, on its own, is core to learning,” said Mary Luehrsen, executive director of The NAMM Foundation. “The links between student success and music education have now been demonstrated by brain researchers in multiple studies.”

Now in its 18th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.

The Best Communities for Music Education survey requires districts to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music education program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.