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Clayton’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

The School District of Clayton is one of three districts in the state to earn the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.


Now in its 20th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation was awarded to 623 districts across the country for demonstrating outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the District answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities and support for the music programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.


“This award recognizes the commitment and dedication of the School District of Clayton to music and the arts as innovative learning opportunities for a well-rounded education,” said District Fine Arts Coordinator Dr. Paul Varley. “We feel quite gratified to have NAMM recognize the excellence for which our students and faculty consistently strive and amazing support given to us by the Clayton community.”


The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit