By Lauren Bianchi Klemann for Santa Barbara Unified School District | April 9, 2019 | 9:00 a.m.

Students play the cello as part of the Harding University Partnership Music Education Program (Courtesy photo)

For the fifth year, Santa Barbara Unified School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.  

Now in its 20th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the designation, Santa Barbara Unified School District answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music

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