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Michigan has some fantastic schools, and now, one Michigan school district is getting recognized for its stellar music education. I personally think music and the arts are an important part of music curriculum. I was in band, choir and any music and theater program you could imagine when I was in K-12 school.

Now, the National Association of Music Merchants has released its list of the Best Communities for Music Education, and several Michigan school systems are on the tally.

The NAMM awards, which are out of California, honor districts “that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.” A total of 783 districts in the country to received the award this year. The NAMM Foundation, a nonprofit organization, works to advance music participation “by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.”

“Music educators, administrators, and communities truly rallied to support and sustain music education through a period of intense change and adaptation. These districts and schools persevered in serving their students and communities and assured that music education was part of curriculum offerings,” shares Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director of The NAMM Foundation. “We applaud the commitment and efforts of all music educators, school administrators, and community members in providing students the opportunity to explore their creativity through music.”

So, which Michigan schools are on top? The 13 honored, in alphabetical order, are Berkley Schools, Big Rapids Public Schools, Fraser Public Schools, Grand Ledge Public Schools, Grosse Pointe Public School System, Jenison Public Schools, Meridian Public Schools, Midland Public Schools, Mona Shores Public Schools, Rochester Community Schools, Spring Lake Public Schools, Troy School District and Utica Community Schools. Find the full list and more on the methodology here.

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Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!