District’s Music Program Earns Prestigious Distinction

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The district has been named a 2016 Best Community for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants and the University of Kansas — the 10th year it has been recognized since 2003. North Babylon is one of 476 school systems across the nation to earn the prestigious distinction, which recognizes districts that demonstrate exceptional commitment and efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.
    
The district’s music program continued to expand and support student enrichment in several ways this year. A grant from the Arts Reach Fund (of Long Island Community Bank) has provided music lessons for those preparing NYSSMA adjudications and college auditions. In addition, the district’s music department is using innovative technology to teach high school orchestra students how to electronically tune their own instruments as well as teach high school Music Theory students how to create and record original songs in GarageBand. Plus, middle school orchestra and band students are being taught how to practice more accurately in SmartMusic, and receiving enhance instruction using iPad apps designed to offer additional support for students.
    
This year’s many remarkable accomplishments of the district’s music program include two students selected All-State; 51 students selected All-County; five students selected to perform at the festival concerts of the Long Island String Festival Association; two students selected to represent the district at the NYSCAME All-County concert; middle school students performing at the State Capitol; the high school’s choir performing at a Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch in Hauppauge; and numerous other performances highlighting students’ talents.

“We love having our children and community acknowledged for their fantastic and consistent support in educating the whole child in such excellent fashion,” said District Director of Arts Dr. Kim Lowenborg-Coyne. “I am proud that our community, administration and Board of Education continue to support the students and families in North Babylon as they pursue their study of the arts as part of a well-rounded educational program.”