For the 17th time, the Arlington ISD has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

“Few districts offer the breadth of music experiences that Arlington does,” said Arlington ISD director of fine arts Dr. Christopher Anderson. “From the extraordinary Center for Visual and Performing Arts down to the fact that every student gets weekly music instruction at the elementary level, we have distinguished ourselves as one of the top 4% of districts nationwide for access to excellent music education. The continued support of the board of trustees, the superintendent and the community makes this one of the premier places for children to receive music training.”

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the Arlington ISD 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.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 15,000 member companies and individual professionals. 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