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Fulton County among best places for music education
Fulton County among best places for music education

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County has been recognized for the 12th year in a row as one of the best places to live for music education.

Only two school systems in the nation have received the honor every time the annual national survey has been given.

Released this week, the "Best Communities for Music Education" list represents an annual snapshot of music education at its best. It is based on a survey conducted by the NAMM Foundation and several partner organizations in the fields of music and education.

NAMM is a not-for-profit international association that represents the musical instruments and products industry.

"Fulton is well known locally and nationally for its music programs," said Superintendent Cindy Loe. "Every year, our schools achieve high honors at state and national competitions, and even perform at some of the most prestigious music conferences, such as the Midwest Clinic."

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The recognition comes just weeks after the Fulton County School System held its first-ever FAME (Fulton Arts & Music Expo), a festival showcasing school musical groups and local performers.

FAME also gave students the opportunity to attend workshops and clinics hosted by professional musicians. Such events show the school district's support for music education and help build long-lasting community support for programs.

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Thousands of public school and independent teachers, administrators, school board members, parents and community leaders participated in the web-based "Best Communities for Music Education" survey earlier this year.

They answered detailed questions about funding, enrollment, student-teacher ratios, participation in music classes, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, participation in private music lessons and other factors in their communities' quality of music education.

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