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Which Southern California schools, districts rank highly in music education? – Press

Eight Southern California school districts and 11 area schools were recently recognized in a national survey for their music education programs.

The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation this year recognized 527 school districts and 92 schools for their commitment and their access to music education, according to an association news release.

“It’s especially gratifying to have our work recognized by such a prestigious national organization,” said Martinrex Kedziora, superintendent of Moreno Valley Unified, said in a district news release.

The Moreno Valley school district was among the districts recognized.

“Our school board and administration have worked hard to restore and rebuild our music programs,” Kedziora said in the release, “because as a district we believe in the power of music both as a means of students’ self-expression and as a catalyst for student achievement in other academic areas.”

The rankings – which the foundation has done for the past 18 years – are based on survey results gathered by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

Other Southern California districts recognized:

Burbank Unified School District;

Irvine Unified School District;

Lake Elsinore Unified School District;

Walnut Valley Unified School District;

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District; and

Santa Barbara Unified School District;

The following Southern California schools were recognized:

Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Los Angeles;

Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy   in Los Angeles;

Cerritos High School in Cerritos;

Christopher Columbus Middle School in Canoga Park;

James Monroe High School in North Hills;

John Marshall Elementary School in Anaheim;

John Marshall High School in Los Angeles;

Henry J. Kaiser High School in Fontana;

Palm Springs High School in Palm Springs;

Parks Junior High School in Fullerton; and

Roosevelt Elementary School in San Gabriel.

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