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Port Washington Named a Best Community for Music
The Port Washington Union Free School District has once again been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Port Washington UFSD joins more than 500 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2017. This marks the third consecutive year the district has received this designation.
The BCME designation recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who work together to assure access to music learning for all students as part of a well-rounded education. 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.
To qualify for recognition, district officials answered 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 Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
“Congratulations to all of our music teachers and students,” said district Director of Creative Arts, K-12 Kevin Scully. “This award is not only based on quality, but also curricular offerings and broad community support. A wholehearted thank you to all of our non-music teachers, support staff, custodians, maintenance department, parents, administrators, Board of Education, HEARTS, The Ed. Foundation, the HSA/PTA’s, and the community as a whole!”
The BCME award and the implementation of the federal ESSA law bring attention to the importance of keeping music education part of the school’s core education for all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overall success in school. Community music programs have been drawing increased attention because of a landmark study by Northwestern University brain scientists. These researchers found new links between students in community music programs and academic success in subjects such as reading.
“It’s no secret that our district and community value music education, along with the other fine and performing arts,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Mooney. “This shows through the performances given by our students, who I have had the privilege of watching through the years. Congratulations to Mr. Scully and all of the fine music teachers in Port for once again setting an example for other music educators throughout the country.”