Rome is among nine school districts in Oneida, Madison and Herkimer counties to be recognized with a Best Communities in Music Education (BCME) designation for 2019 from the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation.
Among other area districts recognized were Camden, Chittenango, Clinton, Holland Patent, Little Falls, New Hartford, Oneida and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.
Also, DeRuyter Central School in Madison County was one of 10 schools in the state to receive the Support Music Merit Award this year, according to a NAMM Foundation announcement.
The BCME program honors schools and school districts for outstanding efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the core curriculum. It evaluates them based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction, in cooperation with researchers at the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
Individual schools are recognized with the Support Music Merit Award for exemplary music education programs, the announcement said.
For the Rome school district, this is the fourth consecutive year it has been recognized with a BCME designation.
Overall, 152 school districts in the state received BCME awards, accounting for 24 percent of the 623 districts in 41 states that did so, said the announcement.
Meanwhile, DeRuyter was one of 98 schools nationwide to receive the Support Music Merit Award.
The number of districts gaining BCME recognition has grown from fewer than 100 in 1999, officials said.