In an extremely rigorous and detailed assessments of its exemplary music program, the Bay Village City School District has been named once again to the NAMM Foundation’s Best Communities for Music Education list. This marks the tenth consecutive year that the district has been named to this prestigious list.
Each of the schools from across the country receiving the “Best Communities” designation scored in the 80th percentile or higher in the survey's grading process. The districts were measured across curricular and programmatic criteria as well as public support of their music programs.
Participants in the survey answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and other relevant factors in their communities' music education programs. The responses were verified with district officials, and advisory organizations reviewed the data. The survey was developed and administered by The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.
Music instructors at the Bay Village City School District are teachers Darren Allen (Bay High instrumental), Mark Awad (Bay Middle instrumental), Nicole Barrick (Normandy music), Elaine Dwyer (Normandy music), Carrie Engelbrecht (Westerly vocal), Devon Gess (Bay High vocal), Heidi Herczeg (Bay Middle vocal), Jeffrey Schimelpfenig (Westerly strings), and Carrie Singler (Bay High and Bay Middle instrumental).
In conducting the annual survey, the NAMM Foundation is joined by advisory organizations in the fields of music and education, including Americans for the Arts, League of American Orchestras, The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Music for All, Music Teachers National Association, National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, National PTA, Yamaha Corporation of America and VH1 Save The Music Foundation.