Rochester Community Schools has been designated as one of the "2014 Best Communities for Music Education" by the NAMM Foundation. The National Association of Music Merchants is a nonprofit that supports scientific research, philanthropy, and public service programs to promote lifelong music making. The foundation recognizes community commitments to providing music education for all students as part of a comprehensive education. While recognizing that RCS provides vital access to student musical learning, the organization also hopes to preserve and advance quality programs by highlighting the importance of music education. Over 2,000 districts and schools applied, with 14 Michigan Schools awarded this designation.