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District awarded for commitment to excellence in music education

NAMM award (04/19/2019) For the sixth consecutive year, the Anoka-Hennepin School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Anoka-Hennepin was one of ten school districts in the state, and 623 nationally, to earn the award in 2019. Students have access to wide-ranging options for choral, band and orchestra opportunities in district schools.

NAMM is a non-profit organization with the mission of advancing participation in music making for all ages by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. The Best Communities for Music Education award recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education, according to NAMM. Designations are made to districts that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.

To be considered for the award, NAMM conducts an extensive review process to evaluate districts on a variety of factors — both in and outside the schools — from funding levels, participation, access to instruction, and minutes of instruction per grade level, to musical activities in and around the community.