The NAMM Foundation has announced the results of its 13th annual Best Communities for Music Education(BCME) survey, which acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support for music education as part of the core curriculum.The NAMM Foundation has announced the results of its 13th annual Best Communities for Music Education(BCME) survey, which acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support for music education as part of the core curriculum.

In all, 176 communities were recognized in an announcement that comes in anticipation of NAMM's National Wanna Play Music Week, (May 7-13). The announcement of the 2012 Best Communities for Music Education campaign comes during a crucial time as school districts nationwide finalize budgets. The Best Community designation is a distinction worthy of pride, but is also a call to action for local music education advocates to help preserve and potentially expand access to their current music education programs. Each school receiving the “Best Communities” designation scored in the 80th percentile or higher in the survey's grading process. The complete Best Communities for Music Education roster can be viewed at www.nammfoundation.org.

Symphony Publishing is a leading publishing company in the field of music business and music education with a variety of magazines, social media sites, web sites, apps, e-newsletters, and books.Symphony Publishing is a leading publishing company in the field of music business and music education with a variety of magazines, social media sites, web sites, apps, e-newsletters, and books.

We are planning a new social media launch in the music education field.  The ideal candidate will have proven sales and marketing experience, as well as a thorough knowledge of the music education field.  The position will include: contacting, establishing relationships, and closing deals with college music programs; developing and implementing sales strategy for the territory; and planning marketing strategies to reach the target market. Must have excellent communication skills and be comfortable with social networking tools and telephone and e-mail marketing.  Ideal candidate will be extremely organized and proficient at multi-tasking to sell an array of products simultaneously. Minimum 2 years experience with a college degree. 

Salary Competitive Benefits 401K/403B, Dental; Job Location: Needham Heights, MA 02494 USA. 

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A music teacher at Florida’s Miramar High School is turning heads for a very quick turnaround lately. A music teacher at Florida’s Miramar High School is turning heads for a very quick turnaround lately.

Band teacher Alvin Davis, has proudly taken charge of a group of students who are not only graduating from high school, but are enrolling in, and graduating from college. For the past 4 years the band director, Alvin Davis, has had a 100% graduation rate and enrollment in college.

Davis was also named the county and the state's Teacher of the Year. Davis, 35, has been teaching for 11 years, the last eight at Miramar High.

Davis was recently profiled by CBS News, who produced the video at the following link: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7404214n&tag=contentMain;contentBody

In a keynote address to formally open the 2012 Biennial Music Educators National Conference, Rachel Goslins, executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), said arts education is key to helping to give all students a high-quality education.In a keynote address to formally open the 2012 Biennial Music Educators National Conference, Rachel Goslins, executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), said arts education is key to helping to give all students a high-quality education.

However, she said the committee sees arts education as a “wrench” to help repair what is wrong, not as a “flower.”Goslins discussed the 2011 PCAH report, Reinvesting in the Arts: Winning America’s Future through Creative Schools. She said the 18-month study looked at arts education at Title 1 schools. In terms of teaching leadership, creativity, and critical thinking, “the arts have a large footprint,” she added. To read the complete report, visit pcah.gov.

This video of the unbelievable effects that music can have on elderly patients has been making the rounds on the Internet this week. Well worth a look!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKDXuCE7LeQ

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