District Named “Best Place” For Music Education

The Fargo Public Schools has been named to the NAMM Foundation’s “100 Best Communities for Music Education.” The designation acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support for music education as part of the core curriculum.

NAMM’s “Best Communities” survey evaluates several criteria, including time reserved for music education, the budget, staff collaboration, professional development, how music standards are taught, equipment provided by the school district, and administrative support.

Thanks to the design of its music curriculum and staff commitment, students in the Fargo Public Schools receive high levels of music instruction on a weekly basis. Through highly-qualified teachers (over 50 percent hold a master’s degree or higher), FPS students in grades K-5 spend 100 minutes per week in music instruction. Middle school students (gr. 6-8) have sectional instruction every other day and large group instruction every third day, while high school (gr. 9-12) music instruction occurs daily. Nearly 40 percent of students in grades 7-12 (where music becomes an elective course) choose music courses as a part of their annual experience in the Fargo Public Schools.

This is the ninth year the District has made the “100 Best” list since the national survey debuted in 1999.

About the NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. For more information, visit the NAMM Foundation website.