Group seeks nominations for music education honor

The Boardman Local School District was the only local district on the list last year.
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- The American Music Conference is looking for musically inclined communities to honor on its eighth annual "Best 100 Communities for Music Education" list.
The AMC points out that numerous research studies continue to reveal the positive relationship between music education and success in school and life, and its goal is to recognize and celebrate communities committed to creating opportunities for music education through a nationwide survey.
The Boardman schools made the list in 2006.
The survey is accepting online submissions through Jan. 23. Nominations can be completed by visiting AMC on the Web at Anyone -- parents, teachers, school administrators, community members -- who wishes to enter information about their school and community can do so.
Since 2000, the "Best 100" survey assesses a community's actions and commitment to music through budget, staffing, variety of programs, instructor certification, availability of private instruction and other criteria.
The survey's sponsors encourage people to complete the survey themselves, or pass it along to school administrators and independent educators in their communities who may best be able to fill in the required data.
"Music education is integral to a quality education, and a child's education is really not complete without music," says Mary Luehrsen, director of public affairs and government relations for the International Music Products Association.
The 2007 "Best 100" communities will be released at the end of February.

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