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OSD Receives National Recognition for Music Education


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. This is the fourth year that OSD has received this recognition!

 BCME 2022

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 verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“This award is even more special this year, given the pandemic. This highlights the dedication of our educators to ensure that we are continuing to focus on the Whole Child Emphasis, which is at the center of our District’s Five Core Values. Offering music education and providing integrated learning experiences that include music is one component of educating the whole child. Our District’s music education offerings are very strong and we are honored to once again 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