Chelmsford Public Schools named among Best Communities for Music Education by NAMM

Chelmsford Public Schools Named Among Best Communities for Music Education by NAMM for 11th Straight Year

Chelmsford Public Schools named among Best Communities for Music Education by NAMMChelmsford one of 16 Massachusetts school systems honored statewide

CHELMSFORD, MA (Apr. 25, 2023) – For the 11th consecutive year, Chelmsford Public Schools was named among the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, released Friday.

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In its 24th year, NAMM’s Best Communities for Music Education award program recognizes the outstanding effort by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.

The NAMM honor program is based upon several key factors of a school district’s fine and performing arts programs including funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support, and community programs. Responses to such are reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“This recognition is a direct result of the dedication, creativity, and passion of our PK-12 music faculty and the support of our Chelmsford community,” said CPS K-12 Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator Dr. Christy Whittlesey. “In Chelmsford, we understand that music is an integral component of each child’s educational journey, and the entire community benefits from not only the musical skills that are nurtured in music classes, but also through the development of leadership, communication, and critical thinking competencies that students gain by participating in music.”

Chelmsford was one of 16 Massachusetts school systems to earn the honor, which also included Merrimack Valley neighbors Acton-Boxborough, Andover, Billerica, Dracut, North Andover, and Westford. Other Bay State school districts earning NAMM honors included Easton, Lexington, Norwood, Old Rochester, Pembroke, Pentucket, Wakefield, Wayland and Weston.

The NAMM honor is the latest of many honors and accomplishments earned by Chelmsford student-musicians and performers this year:


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