The schools in the Lower Hudson Valley know how to make beautiful music.
The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation honored school districts for their outstanding music education programs.
The awards program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education, NAMM said.
“Studying music has intrinsic benefits and, on its own, is core to learning. Also, the links between student success and music education have now been demonstrated by brain researchers in multiple studies,” said Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director of The NAMM Foundation. “The schools and districts our foundation recognizes are building on that connection between music and academics. These schools and districts are models for other educators who see music as a key ingredient in a well-rounded curriculum that makes music available to all children, regardless of zip code.”
The school districts honored are:
Arlington Central School District
Bedford Central School District
Carmel Central School District
Clarkstown Central School District
Dover Union Free School District
Edgemont School District
Hendrick Hudson School District
Hyde Park Central School District
Nanuet Union Free School District
Ossining Union Free School District
Putnam Valley Central School District
Red Hook Central School District
Scarsdale Unified School District
Somers Central School District
South Orangetown Central School District
Spackenkill Union Free School District
Wappingers Central School District