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NAMM names Montville Township Public Schools a 2020 Best Communities for Music Education

For the fifth year in a row, the Montville Township Public Schools district has been named a national Best Communities for Music Education?. The designation was awarded by the NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants). Montville Township Public Schools once again received this 2020 honor for its outstanding commitment to music education. 

Now in its 21st year, the Best Communities for Music Education is presented to school districts that demonstrate extraordinary achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Montville Township answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music programs.  Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“Music education is a vital part of our Pre-K to grade twelve curriculum” said Edward Fleischman, Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts.  “This award is confirmation of the wonderful things occurring in our music courses, and will help us to continue to highlight our robust and growing program. The NAMM designation affirms that great things can happen when teachers, students, parents and administrators work toward a common goal.” 

Montville Township Public Schools is recognized for exceptional musical performances. Winter concerts, spring musicals, School of Rock concerts and chamber orchestras, choral groups and much more highlight of the exceptional music education opportunities for all students.

NAMM names Montville Township Public Schools a 2020 Best Communities for Music Education

According to a NAMM press release, “This award recognizes that Montville Township is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing-while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.” 

Additionally, NAMM notes that, “Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. After two years of music education, research found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores that their less-involved peers and that students who are involved in music are more likely to graduate high school, and are also more likely to attend college. Additionally, research suggests that everyday listening skills are stronger in musically-trained children than in those without music training. Significantly, listening skills are closely tied to the ability to: perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention, and keep sounds in memory. Later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound; young adults and even older adults who have not played an instrument for up to 50 years show enhanced neural processing compared to their peers. Not to mention, social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.”

A 2015 study supported by The NAMM Foundation, “Striking A Chord,” also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.

Montville Township Public Schools is home to approximately 3,600 students in grades Pre-K to twelve. Five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school comprise the district’s facilities.

Montville Township Public Schools in Montville, New Jersey is one of only 754 school districts across the United States to receive the nationally recognized 2020 Best Communities for Music Education award from NAMM.

About The NAMM Foundation

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. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.

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