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The district has once again been named a Best Community for Music Education for 2017 by the National Association of Music Merchants and the University of Kansas — the 11th year it has been recognized since 2003. The distinction 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, and provided students with extensive platforms to showcase their talents. For the first time in the district’s history, members of the high school’s Select Choir were invited to perform at the White House as part of its Holiday Open House. In addition, the “Electrify Your Strings” concert in January featured nearly 200 students, students performed remarkably at the “Schools Out: North Babylon” halftime show during the Newsday Marching Band Festival, and the drama club’s March production of “Godspell” set the stage for students to captivate audiences’ hearts with their voices and instruments.

“This year, we are so honored to be named a NAMM Best Community for Music Education because less than four percent of the programs in the nation made the list!” said District Director of Arts Dr. Kim Lowenborg-Coyne. “As research into arts education points out, ‘studying music has intrinsic benefits and is core to learning.’ In consistently funding and supporting our program, our school district and community recognize this connection between music and academics, assuring that such a well-rounded curriculum is always available to all children, regardless of zip code. Our alumni are proof enough that our program creates happy, well-rounded and successful citizens and we are proud to be part of that growth and development.”