The Danbury Public Schools district has been named a 2019 “Best Communities for Music Education School District”. Danbury was one of 18 school districts in Connecticut, and 623 nationwide, to be recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants. The City was selected for its commitment to and support of music education.
The nonprofit foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.
Last fall, the Redding-based SpreadMusicNow presented a $40,000 check to VH1 Save the Music Foundation to support the donation of musical instruments to the Danbury schools. VH1Save the Music donated $120,000 worth of musical instruments and supplies to support the elementary band programs at Ellsworth, Hayestown Avenue and Stadley Rough elementary schools. NAMM donated $20,000 to the foundation, as well.
Superintendent Dr. Sal Pascarella says the benefit of music education is immeasurable, from the joy it brings to students playing an instrument to the confidence it builds and the skills it promotes.