Wilton Public Schools has one of the best music education programs in the country, according to the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation’s 2016 Best Communities for Music Education Districts survey.

The 17th annual survey “acknowledges schools and districts across the United States for their commitment to and support of music education” and “recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who work to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum,” according to the NAMM website.

More than 13,000 schools and districts were evaluated this year based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, community support, participation and access to music instruction; and designations were made to those that demonstrate “an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.”

Wilton was one of 476 school districts recognized as among the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) this year. Twelve other Connecticut school districts made this year’s BCME list:


  • Bethel.

  • Bristol.

  • Canton.

  • Cheshire.

  • Glastonbury.

  • Newington.

  • Newtown.

  • Simsbury.

  • Southington.

  • Torrington.

  • West Hartford.

  • Westport.


“The schools and districts that the NAMM Foundation honors this year with this award demonstrate a commitment to supporting music education and assuring opportunities for music learning in the curriculum for all students,” Mary Luehrsen, NAMM Foundation senior executive, said in a March 23 NAMM press release.

“We are moving from a time when curricula were narrowed due to pressure from testing and test-prep remediation to a broader view of what is important for all children. That includes access to a well-rounded education and an opportunity to learn and grow with music and the arts.”

Luehrsen said the schools and districts recognized this year “serve as models for other educators looking to develop standards-based music education programs.”

Click here to learn more about the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.