The Rochester City School District has been honored with the 2019 Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.
The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the Rochester City School District answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for music programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
Superintendent Daniel G. Lowengard said, “Being named one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation is an acknowledgement of the dedication of the Rochester City School District and the Rochester community to offer all students meaningful experiences and opportunities in music and in the arts in general.”
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said, “I’m thrilled that our community and our school District are being honored with the award as a Best Community for Music Education. This reflects the hard work and dedication of our students, educators, and acknowledges Rochester’s vibrant culture of music and art.”
Vocal/general music instruction is offered at every RCSD school. Instrumental music is offered at every school for students in grades 4-12. Additional Districtwide ensembles include the Pride of Rochester Marching Band, ROC City Players Theatre Program, and Voices of Victory Gospel Choir, which also serve any RCSD student in grades 4-12 who are interested. The RCSD also boasts strong visual arts programming for all students, including an assortment of engaging elective courses at the secondary level.
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs.