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North Hills Named a Best Community for Music Education for Fifth Consecutive Year
Best Communities for Music EducationNorth Hills School District has been honored as one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education by the noted NAMM Foundation for the fifth year in a row. North Hills School District is one of 12 districts in Allegheny County to be awarded the program’s highest designation this year. Only 623 school districts across the country were recognized with the honor.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to school districts that demonstrate exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum. Designations are made to districts that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment to music education and set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education.

“It is an honor to be one of the 623 districts nationwide to be selected, and this recognition is a testament to the incredible educators and talented students who instruct and learn in North Hills School District’s valued music education program,” said Dr. Patrick J. Mannarino, North Hills School District’s superintendent.

At North Hills School District, eight out of every 10 students has taken part in a music class or related activity during the 2018-19 school year. A total of 13 different classes are taught at North Hills High School, and students can enroll in 11 music class options at North Hills Middle School. All elementary students take part in a general music class and more than 600 fourth, fifth and sixth-graders play instruments in the elementary band or orchestra or sing in the children’s choir.

A Northwestern University study found that students involved in music programs saw higher success in academic areas such as reading. According to a recent Gallup Pool, 94 percent of Americans consider music to be part of a well-rounded education.

Established in 1999, the Best Communities for Music Education from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation honors school districts and school buildings that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education programs as part of the schools’ core curriculum and exemplify commitment and support for music education.

To be considered for the designation, district educators are required to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses are verified with school officials and reviewed by The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.