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Scotts Valley Unified School District has been awarded on the NAMM Foundation's "Best Communities for Music Education" awards for 2017.

2017 Best Community Award

2016 NAMM Best Community Award

Scotts Valley Unified has received the NAMM Foundation 2016 "Best Communities for Music Education" Award.

The Best Communities for Music Education


Scotts Valley Unified, along with 476 other school districts across the United States, is being recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation as among the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME), out of the nation’s 13,515 school districts. Now in its 17th year, BCME recognizes 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. 

Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.

We would like to thank all the community organization, parent clubs, parents and businesses that have supported music education in our schools through your generous donations.  A special thank you to Kiwanis Club of the Valleys and all their sponsors and bands for Music at SkyPark, which raises thousands of dollars a year and has helped purchase new instruments, choral risers, musician chairs, instrument storage cabinets, concert attire, pianos, new music, helped students to attend festival adjudications throughout the year and overall funding to run a music program.

Congratulations Scotts Valley Community!

Music Program

Scotts Valley High School offers a variety of music classes on campus, including the new pioneering ROP Music Production and Recording Arts class that has been featured in the National Association for Music Education's music magazine.  


Band and Vocal Ensemble (Choir) are also offered. Both Band and Vocal Ensemble study music history and theory, in addition to performing.


Students have participated in the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival, Sing for Your Life and many community and school events.


SVHS has been recognized by the Grammy Foundation as a Grammy Foundation Signature Award School.

Beth Hollenbeck BIO

Beth Hollenbeck has taught music for ten years in schools throughout Los Angeles and Santa Cruz County and is in her sixth year at Scotts Valley High School. She is a music/vocal performance graduate from UC Santa Barbara. She has an MA in Teaching w/Honors from Bethany University. She holds a State of California Teaching Credential in Music and a California Career Tech Credential in Arts and Entertainment. In addition to voice, she plays clarinet, piano and guitar.

ROP at Scotts Valley High School Music Production/ Recording Arts

Course Description

This is an introductory class to music production and the audio recording arts. It covers basic recording studio skills including analog audio theory, digital audio, signal flow, microphones, mic placement and tracking.

Students will be covering computer based sequencing, signal processing, recording and score editing using Apple’s Logic 9 digital software program.

Students will be learning about the careers available in the music industry and will become familiar with standard music industry business practices.

Students will be learning techniques relevant to composing in a commercial song format.

ROP Music Production & Recording Arts provides a foundation for further study in advanced courses in audio programming.

Grade: 10-12 - 1 year / 10 credits 
Meets: SVHS Elective requirement
Does Not Meet: UC/CSU A-G requirement 


MUSIC Website

At access  Music Website


►  Grammy Foundation Signature Enterprise Award School 
►  NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation "Best Communities for Music Education 2014"
Best Communities 2014 Award

Best Community Music Award 2013