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WVCSD named a “Best Community for Music Education” for fourth consecutive year

on April 11, 2016

logo for "Best Communities for Music Education"The Warwick Valley Central School District’s music program has once again been named one of the “Best Communities for Music Education.”

The music program in Warwick schools is one of the best in the area, and is a reflection of the community’s dedication to and strong support of the arts. All totaled, 1,732 Warwick students in grades 4-12 participate in band and orchestra, chorus, Music in Our Lives & Music Production. In grades 3 & 4, all students participate in chorus, and from kindergarten through eighth grade all students take general music.

Warwick students in a musical performance this yearThe NAMM Foundation has recognized 476 districts nationwide for their unwavering commitment to, and support of, music education. The award recognizes the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and parents who believe in music education and are working to ensure that it is part of a complete education for all children.

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.

New federal education law, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), recognizes music and the arts as key to a “well-rounded education”

middle school orchestra studentsWith this prestigious accolade from a nationwide non-profit foundation, Warwick is demonstrating its commitment to innovative learning opportunities for all children, and recognizing, as the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) does, that music and the arts are important for a well-rounded education for all students. The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, replaces No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which some felt left behind subjects such as music. ESSA clearly acknowledges that music and the arts are significant elements of academic success.

 

the high school band performing during the 2015-16 homecoming parade

Congratulations to all of the students, teachers, administrators and supporters of music in our community for their continued success in the field of music education!

 

For more information, visit: www.nammfoundation.org.

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