Over the last several years, music education in the nation has been deemed unnecessary or a waste of time. That has not been the case in Manitowoc, as the school district is in the top 4% of school districts in the country. They are also going to be named one of the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants. The award is being given to 527 school districts around the country, and 23 of them are from Wisconsin. Of the 5,200 students in the district, around 3,000 of them are participating in some sort of music program.