For the second year in a row, Elkhorn Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its 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, Elkhorn Public Schools provided detailed information about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

Superintendent Dr. Bary Habrock states “Being named a “Best Community for Music Education” is a tremendous honor, as it recognizes our dedicated educators and administrators, talented students, engaged parents, and our supportive School Board.”  “The Elkhorn Public Schools has a rich history of music education and remains committed to music education and all arts going forward,”  Dr. Habrock states.

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music.  This award recognizes that Elkhorn Public Schools is leading the way by providing those learning opportunities to students.

About The NAMM Foundation

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 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