Heralding its commitment to music education, the NAMM Foundation designated Lynbrook Public Schools as a 2013 Best Community for Music Education.
The Best Communities designation recognizes collaborative, from-the-ground-up efforts of teachers, administrators, students and parents who continually work to keep comprehensive music education as an integral part of the core curriculum.
According to NAMM Foundation Executive Director Mary Luehrsen, the Best Communities for Music Education program is the bellwether of rising endorsement for this vital cause.
“There is overwhelming research tying music education to higher overall student success in school and in life,” she said. “This designation recognizes communities for their commitment to music education and strengthens support for these programs."
"Having widely embraced the evidence indicating that music education yields great things in schools and communities, people are increasingly affirmative, advocating for school music curricula and championing programs like Best Communities that recognize this commitment to music education," Luehrsen added.
Now in its 14th year, the BCME program requires each school and district to detail funding, staffing, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. Responses are meticulously reviewed by researchers at the Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kan. (an affiliate of the University of Kansas) and the NAMM Foundation to calculate the designated districts and awarded schools.
Of the nearly 2,000 districts and schools that took part in the survey, a total of 307 districts across the nation and 14 in Nassau County earned the Best Communities designation this year.
More than 1,900 students participate in the more than 50 different ensembles, which include concert and symphonic bands; wind ensembles; jazz band and marching band; brass ensemble; full, string and chamber orchestras; and mixed, select and concert choirs.
Two Lynbrook High School students were selected for the 2013 National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Conference. Three students were chosen to perform in the All-State Music Festival and three were named as alternates. One student was recognized for “Outstanding Musical Composition” by the New York State School Music Teachers Association.
A total of 74 students performed in the 2013 All-County Music Festival. Eleven string players were chosen for the Long Island String Festival. One high school student received an Award of Merit in the Long Island Scholar-Artist Awards program.
The members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society use their musical talents to serve their community. Through the Theater Arts program, each school produces its own musical and holds other performances throughout the year, giving students many opportunities to participate on stage and behind the scenes.