Judy Everett Ramos, 817-399-2025

The NAMM Foundation has named HEB ISD to the prestigious listing of "Best Communities for Music Education” for the second year in a row. Only 10 Texas school districts received this national honor, and this designation once again illustrates the academic “edge” that the HEB ISD provides its students.

“This is a wonderful tribute to the great teachers we have and to the support we get from administration, campus and community,” Mark Chandler, director of Visual and Performing Arts, said of the award.

The 2008 roster of “Best Communities” includes school districts from 29 states that are committed to quality music education programs and providing access to music education. The districts were measured across a variety of program support, curricular and programmatic criteria.

Thousands of participants filled out an extensive survey of questions about funding, enrollment, student-teacher ratios, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, private music lesson participation, and other factors in their communities' music education program.

The responses were verified with school district officials, and the sponsoring organizations reviewed the data. Each school district was then scored, and the “Best Communities” districts were then selected for this year’s roster.

The “Best Communities” survey was sponsored by the NAMM Foundation and a partnership of leading national associations working to promote the benefits of active participation in music and music education. NAMM is the association of the international music products industry.