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Best Communities for Music and Theatre Education Honor


SMCPS Press Release

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Dr. J. Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools, 301-475-5511, ext. 32178
Dr. Maureen Montgomery, Deputy Superintendent of Schools, 301-475-5511, ext. 32135

LEONARDTOWN, MD – For the third consecutive year, St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, SMCPS answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified by school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. 

Additionally, The Educational Theatre Association (EdTa) has recognized SMCPS for its commitment to theatre education with a Premier Communities for Theatre Education designation. SMCPS was one of two Maryland counties to ever receive this recognition.

Rooted in EdTA’s Opportunity to Learn Standards for Theatre Education, the distinction is awarded to schools and districts that provide teachers and students with the resources to achieve at or above standard as suggested by the National Core Arts Standards in Theatre. The mission of EdTA is to help ensure that every student has access to theatre taught by qualified educators as a vital part of a well-rounded education. We are proud that SMCPS is meeting that vision.

For additional information, please contact Todd Burroughs, Supervisor of Instruction for Fine Arts, at 301-475-5511, x32246.


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