The Stow-Munroe Falls City School District has received the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education Designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. This is the eighth year that the district has received this designation.

Only 527 school districts qualified for the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education Designation. To qualify for the designation, the district answered detailed questions in an online survey about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs.

"It is great that we have such a strong music program that both the community and school support," said Brian Monroe, Stow-Munroe Falls High School's band teacher. "Music gives students the opportunity to learn to creatively solve problems, because many times in music there isn't a clear-cut answer. Music also helps improve reasoning, memorization and math aptitude, so it really benefits our students to have such a well-developed program here at Stow-Munroe Falls."

The district will receive a certificate in recognition of this award.

The Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) program is a signature program of the NAMM Foundation that recognizes and celebrates schools and districts for their support and commitment to music education. The NAMM Foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.

"It is important for any school district to focus on programming outside of classes such as English, math and science, as that is part of what creates a well-rounded student," said Superintendent Tom Bratten. "We are proud to have again been designated as a Best Community for Music Education, and I hope that we can continue to foster in our students an appreciation for music and the arts."