Twelfth year Long Beach Public Schools’ music education program receives national recognition

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Long Beach Public Schools has been honored for the twelfth consecutive year with the Best Communities for Music Education Award from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. This award designation recognizes that Long Beach music educators, administrators, students and parents have demonstrated outstanding achievement and commitment to providing access to music education and to instilling an appreciation of music as part of the district’s philosophy of offering a well-rounded education for national recognition.

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.

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

“We are incredibly proud to again be recognized with this recognition by NAMM,” said Director of Media, Visual & Performing Arts Julia Lang-Shapiro. “This is a true testament to our talented students, devoted music educators and our supportive administration.” Lang-Shapiro said the honor represents the district’s outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants. It advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs.

Date Added: 5/5/2022