• Best Community for Music Education

    April 5, 2024

    USC honored as Best Community for Music Education

    Orchestra studentsUpper St. Clair School District has been named among the 2024 Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) for the ninth consecutive year. Sponsored by the NAMM Foundation, the award program recognizes and celebrates outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education.

    Upper St. Clair is one of only 15 school districts in Allegheny County, 139 in Pennsylvania, and 975 in the nation to earn the distinction in 2024.

    “Our unwavering commitment is steadfast in embracing and rewarding educators, administrators, parents and community leaders who applaud and support comprehensive music instruction as a fundamental part of core learning opportunities,” said John Mlynczak, NAMM president and CEO. “These leaders offer an extraordinary model of teaching that ignites a foundation of success we can all honor and celebrate.”

    To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Upper St. Clair officials answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

    Other Allegheny County school districts named 2023 Best Communities for Music Education include the Avonworth, Bethel Park, Clairton City, East Allegheny, Fox Chapel Area, Moon Area, Mt. Lebanon, North Allegheny, North Hills, Shaler Area, South Allegheny, South Fayette Township, West Allegheny and Woodland Hills school districts.

    For additional information about the BCME program and a full listing of award recipients, please visit: www.nammfoundation.org/bcme.

    The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 15,000 global member companies and individual professionals worldwide. 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