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OSD Receives National Recognition for Music Education

For the 5th year in a row, the Oregon School District (OSD) has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for our outstanding commitment to music education. 


The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, OSD completed an application and answered detailed questions about our music education offerings, including funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music programs. Responses were reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“This award is one example that highlights the dedication of our educators on educating the Whole Child, which is at the center of our District’s Five Core Values, and offering experiences that align with the OSD Portrait of a Graduate. Receiving this award for a 5th consecutive year is a testament to our strong music education department and educators. We are so honored once again to be recognized as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the nation,” said OSD Superintendent, Dr. Leslie Bergstrom. 

Research demonstrates educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children after just two years of music education. Additionally, music education has important social benefits including conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive feedback.

About The NAMM Foundation

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 members around the world. 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