Linden has hit the high note — again.

Linden Public Schools have been named among the Best Communities for Music Education in America for the sixth year in a row. Linden is one of about 700 districts across the country to be chosen for the prestigious honor for 2020.

The NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants) has recognized the district for its outstanding commitment to music education. Linden is one of just 49 districts in New Jersey and four in Union County to be selected.

“Our students and teachers should be incredibly proud to be recognized for a sixth year in a row,” said Matthew Lorenzetti, supervisor of fine and performing arts. “This honor is a reflection of their dedication and talents. We also thank our administrators, Board of Education, and community for their overwhelming and continued support for all of our arts programs. This is an achievement we can all take pride in as a district family.”

Now in its 21st year, Best Communities for Music Education highlights outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who work together to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum.

“We take great pride in our music program, and receiving this prestigious honor year after year is a reflection of that commitment,” said Interim Superintendent Denise Cleary. “This is a team effort led by Mr. Lorenzetti and our outstanding collection of music teachers. And they couldn’t do it without the support of all of our staff, the dedication of our families, and especially our hard-working student musicians and vocalists.

“Music and fine arts are a critical part of our curriculum throughout the school year, and they play a big part in keeping our spirits up as we face our current challenge of home learning.”

The BCME survey was sent to nearly 14,000 school districts across the country asking detailed questions 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 Center for Public Partnerships and Research, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.