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FHSD Receives National Recognition for Music Education Support

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FHSD Receives National Recognition for Music Education Support

Apr 17, 2024
Graphic that says "Best communities for music education" and "proud BCME district"

Forest Hills School District has once again been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education award from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. FHSD has consistently earned this recognition over the course of the award’s existence. The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement to provide music access and education to all students. 

To qualify for this award, FHSD answered detailed questions about its music programs, including funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities and support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified by school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. 

Mercer students pose for a photo with their string instruments at a concert

“Receiving this award once again reaffirms the talent of our students and the unwavering commitment of our educators and community,” said Superintendent Larry Hook. “It also serves as a testament to the comprehensive and enriching education that our students receive.” 

FHSD offers an array of music courses for students in grades K-12. They have the opportunity to join esteemed band, choir and orchestra programs that captivate audiences year-round with their performances. Students can also engage in a variety of other co-curricular activities, including musical theater and marching band to enrich their academic experiences. By working to provide a variety of artistic offerings, FHSD’s music education plays a vital role in holistic student development. 

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and its 15,000 global member companies and individual professionals worldwide. Its mission is to advance active participation in music-making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.

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