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Lincoln Unified Receives NAMM Award for Music Education

University of the Pacific is a community partner with Lincoln and their music programs
Apr 19, 2012

The Lincoln Unified School District's music education program was recognized this week as one of 2012's Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, the trade association for the music products industry. Lincoln was one of only two school districts in California to receive the honor.

Like other school districts in the region, Lincoln Unified works closely with University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music for its music education program. Many of the music instructors in the district are Pacific graduates, and all Pacific music education students work with the music staff as mentors during their studies.

"This is an absolute honor as it reaffirms what we have known all along, Lincoln Unified provides top quality programming to its students," said Tom Uslan, superintendent of the district. "The real congratulations for this award go to all of our hard-working teachers, our wonderful parents, our partners at University of the Pacific, and our talented, dedicated students."

The award was based on a survey from the NAMM Foundation. The survey asks detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and other relevant factors about their communities' music education programs. The responses are verified with district officials, and advisory organizations review the data.

NAMM Foundation announced the results of its 13th annual Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) survey Wednesday. In all, 176 communities were recognized, including 166 school districts and 10 schools. Lincoln Unified and Santa Monica-Malibu USD were the only two California districts to make this year's roster. A complete list of schools and districts can be found online at http://www.nammfoundation.org/press-room/namm-foundation-176-programs-earn-distinction-best-community-music-education.

Established in 1999, The BCME survey is a nationwide search for communities who provide access to music education as an essential part of a complete education and exemplify commitment and support for music education. The BCME survey is designed and implemented in collaboration with The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service (www.ku.edu/~ierps/cgi-bin) of Lawrence, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

"This is a real boost in the arm to the arts in Stockton," said Ruth Brittin, program director of Music Education in Pacific's Conservatory of Music. "It's also a testament to the community's support for music education, since many music teachers in our local districts are graduates from the Conservatory of Music, and our students work extensively in our community's music classrooms as part of their education. Our music education program and area schools have a very symbiotic relationship."

According to NAMM officials, throughout the survey's history, many districts have reported that making the "Best Communities" list has had a positive effect on their ability to preserve music for their students amid budget cuts in arts programs.

"We are thrilled to be nationally recognized for our district's long-standing commitment to music education," said Cathy Ettle, coordinator of music programs for Lincoln Unified. "With the recent economic problems in the state, we are grateful that our Board of Trustees has preserved the integrity of Lincoln's music programs, and that our parents and community continue to support music at all grade levels. This award affirms that not only did we preserve our program, but we exceeded all expectations." 

For more information about the NAMM Foundation, visit http://www.nammfoundation.org/.

For more information about the Lincoln Unified School District, visit http://www.lusd.net/.

For more information about the Conservatory of Music, visit www.pacific.edu/conservatory.

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