SBUSD was once again named by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) as among the best in the nation for music education. The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made and support music education a core component of the curriculum. The designation is awarded to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. Dr. Ronzone, VAPA Director and Karen Dutton, SBJH music teacher completed an extensive and in-depth application describing the SBUSD’s TK-Grade 12 music program, which included descriptions of the elementary music program in all schools, music electives at the secondary schools, the elementary after-school Bravo! program and the partnerships with local arts organizations such as the Santa Barbara Symphony and the Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s Leni Fe Performing Arts Fund. 527 school districts nationwide were recognized this year. Congratulations to the SBUSD music teachers, district and school site leaders who make music a critical aspect of our students’ education every day.