Norwin Ranks Among Best for Music Education

For the fifth consecutive year, Norwin School District has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education.

This award, sponsored by the NAMM Foundation, recognizes the Norwin community for the outstanding efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders to promote music education as a part of a well-rounded education.

“We are very fortunate to live and work in a community where music education is valued as much as it is at Norwin and where there is a time-honored tradition of student achievement in the arts,” said Mr. Brandon Kandrack, Assistant Band Director. “This unique distinction is a testament to the unyielding support music education continues to receive from all stakeholders.” 

Now in its 24th year, 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, Norwin School District 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 with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. For more information about the benefits of music education, please visit the NAMM Foundation’s webpage at