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Belmont Named Best Community for Music Education

BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATION 2015This week we learned that Belmont has once again been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants). Communities are selected for this honor based on the level of comprehensive music education offered to students at all grade levels, the willingness of the school district devote instructional time and resources to music education, and the community’s commitment to providing their children with a well-rounded educational experience in  our schools.

Belmont is one of 388 school districts nationwide –only fourteen in Massachusetts – to earn this distinction. Along with measuring community and district support, the NAMM Foundation award also recognizes the outstanding work of the teachers in our music department. They are among the most dedicated and accomplished music educators in the state, and they deserve a great deal of recognition for helping Belmont earn its distinction as one of the Best Communities for Music Education. Belmont Music Teachers:

Kate Hayashi (Winn Brook, PreK-4 Music)

Vicki Livermore (Burbank, K-4 Music)

Craig McMahan (Wellington, K-4 Music)

Rosanne Mili (Butler, K-4 Music)

Laura Messina (Elementary Strings)

Morgan Scagliotti-Driban (Elementary Strings)

Nate Haywood (CMS Music)

John McLellan (CMS Band, Elementary Instrumental Music)

Christine Moser (CMS Chorus Director)

Sharon Phipps (CMS Band, Elementary Instrumental Music)

Paul Ketchen (BHS Band, Elementary Instrumental Music)

Sean Landers (BHS Chorus Director)

Margot Reavey (BHS & CMS Orchestra Director)

This award from the NAMM Foundation recognizes Belmont’s long-held belief that every child deserves the opportunity to explore and learn in different ways.  In what has been a difficult budget year, it is important and encouraging to remember that Belmont is a community that has always valued music and art education as an important component of our core curriculum. As much as this is an award for excellence in music education, it is also recognition of a community that provides a wide range of high-quality educational experiences and makes them available to all students. It is a distinction that should serve as a source of pride for our entire school district and for our community.