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SFPS Receives National “Best Communities for Music Education” Recognition


The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has recognized Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS) for its outstanding commitment to music education with a “Best

Communities for Music Education” designation. This is the fifth consecutive year for SFPS to earn the distinction, joining 583 out of 13,515 districts or schools nationwide in sharing the title.

“The recognition is truly a celebration of SFPS efforts to improve, sustain and build music programs.  It affirms the wonderful work by our music education coordinator, Leann DeVane, and her team to strengthen our music programs,” said Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia.  “We are proud that music education is treated as a core academic subject in our schools,” she said.

Of the distinction, Ms. DeVane said, “Our family of music educators, volunteers and mentors is proud of this accomplishment. Were it not for the stalwart commitment and support of our superintendent, executive cabinet and board of education, this recognition, and with it the opportunity to positively inspire and change lives for thousands of deserving students, would not be possible.”

According to NAMM, “the award recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Designations are given to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.”

All schools in SFPS offer general/vocal music at the elementary level, and nearly 3,600 students in grades 4-12 participate in elective programs in band, choir, guitar, piano and string orchestra.

Since 2008, Ms. DeVane has been the SFPS music education coordinator. She taught elementary music and choir on the Navajo Reservation in Fort Defiance, Arizona for two years, followed by eight years teaching elementary music and choral at Ramirez Thomas and Sweeney elementary schools in Santa Fe.

For more information about Santa Fe Public Schools music education programs, visit

For more information about the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), visit

For more information, members of the media should contact Leanne DeVane, Music Education Coordinator, at 467-2513.

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