Fulton County named one of the best places to live for music education....
Fulton County has been recognized for a 12th consecutive year as one of the best places to live for music education, thanks to the Fulton County School System's top quality music programs.
Only two school systems in the nation - one of which is Fulton County - have been recognized each of the 12 years the annual, national survey has been given. Released yesterday, the "Best Communities for Music Education" list represents an annual snapshot of music education at its best and is based on a nationwide survey conducted earlier this year by the NAMM Foundation and several partner organizations in the fields of music and education. NAMM is a not-for-profit, international association that represents the musical instruments and products industry.
"Fulton is well known locally and nationally for its music programs," said Superintendent Cindy Loe. "Every year our schools achieve high honors at state and national competitions, and even perform at some of the most prestigious music conferences, such as the Midwest Clinic."
The announcement comes just weeks after the Fulton County School System held its first-ever FAME (Fulton Arts & Music Expo) festival, an event showcasing school musical groups and local performers. Students also had opportunities to attend workshops and clinics hosted by professional musicians. Events such as FAME show the school district's support for music education and help build long-lasting community support for programs.
Thousands of public school and independent teachers, school and district administrators, school board members, parents and community leaders participated in the web-based "Best Communities for Music Education" survey earlier this year. The participants answered detailed questions about funding, enrollment, student-teacher ratios, participation in music classes, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, participation in private music lessons and other factors in their communities' quality of music education.
Partners in the annual survey include Americans for the Arts, League of American Orchestras, The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, Music for All, Music Teachers National Association, National Guild For Community Arts Education, Yamaha Corporation of America, Young Audiences, National PTA, and VH1 Save The Music Foundation.