Best Community for Music Education

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For the ninth time, the Long Beach Public Schools have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation as one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education. This designation is granted to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. 

The BCME title indicates that Long Beach is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which recommends music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children. 

More than 1,600 students participate in the district’s 36 bands, orchestras and choral ensembles. Long Beach High School presents students with further musical experiences such as guitar and IB Music courses, as well as the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.”  – Gerald Ford