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ASD Music Department Receives National Award


BCME is a signature program of The NAMM Foundation that recognizes and celebrates school districts for their support and commitment to music education and efforts to assure access to music for all students as part of a well-rounded education. 

The BCME Award for school districts offers opportunities to increase awareness and support for music programs.

The following national organizations act as advisors for the BCME program:

Americans for the Arts, League of American Orchestras, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, Music For All, Music Teachers National Association, National Guild for Community Arts Education, Yamaha Corporation of America, Young Audiences and VH1 Save The Music Foundation. 

Armstrong was selected based on an application submitted by Robert Cieslinski Jr., Band Director at West Hills Intermediate School, which provided information about funding, staffing, commitment to standards and access to music instruction.  Data was analyzed statistically and verified via a follow-up audit by researchers at the University of Kansas.

The award recognizes and celebrates the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and parents who believe in music education and are working to ensure that it is part of a well-rounded education for all children.

The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit organization supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and is approximately 10,300 members around the world.  Their mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.

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The Armstrong School District Foundation gives money every year to help fund music programs.  They have given substantial money to help fund the Jazz program which currently consists of grades 5-9 with plans on expanding.  They also established the Do-Re-Mi program which puts instruments into the hands of students who might not other be able to afford them.

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