Lower Moreland Recognized as a Top Music Community in the Country

National music program NAMM selected Lower Moreland as 'A Best Community for Music Education.'

For those students and parents who have ties to Lower Moreland High School, the music program has been something to be proud of over the last handful of years.

Between receiving awards, national recognition in competitions, and just hearing the band at a local concert, it’s evident our local musicians have a ton of talent. And now the music program will add another accolade to its resume.

Lower Moreland High School recently learned that its music program received the “Support Music Merit Award” from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). It recognizes school districts across the country as a “best community in music education."

Lower Moreland High School was honored with the award in 2011 as well. This year the NAMM Foundation designated 307 schools districts across the country for the award.

Aside from the 307 school districts, individual schools qualified for NAMM’s 2013 Support Music Merit Award for providing students with access to comprehensive music education.

“Our high school is one of the 66 schools that received the Support Music Merit Award designation as part of the best communities for music education program,” Lower Moreland Superintendent Dr. Marykay Feeley said. “We'd like to recognize Erin Stroup and really the entire music program at our April board meeting.”

The Lower Moreland Jazz Ensemble is currently in Savannah, Georgia as it was one of 12 ensembles across the country selected to perform in the competition. Other Lower Moreland Musical highlights include:

  • Lower Moreland Jazz Performs at Savannah Music Festival (2012)
  • Whiz Kids: Murray Avenue Music Department
  • Whiz Kid: Sean McCusker
  • Lower Moreland Hosts First Ever All-Band Evening

From NAMM Foundation Executive Director Mary Luehrsen:

“There is overwhelming research tying music education to higher overall student success in school and in life. This designation recognizes communities for their commitment to music education and strengthens support for these programs. Having widely embraced the evidence indicating that music education yields great things in schools and communities, people are increasingly affirmative, advocating for school music curricula, and championing programs like Best Communities that recognize this commitment to music education.”


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