The Malverne School District has announced that, for the first time ever, the district has been selected as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in America.
This designation was given to only 307 districts nationwide by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation, which helped put together a survey that was completed by thousands of districts across the country.
The districts were measured across curricular and programmatic criteria, as well as through public support of their music programs, and only the top rated districts were chosen.
“Our presence on this national list is quite an honor, and is a result of the many years of hard work and dedication of the students and teachers, along with the tireless support of our board of education, administration and community,” District Director for Fine and Performing Arts Michael Messina said.
Participants in the survey answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, course offerings, extra and co-curricular opportunities, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and other relevant factors in their communities’ music education programs.
The survey was developed and administered by the Institute for Educational Research and Public Service, an affiliate of the University of Kansas. It was coordinated by the NAMM Foundation, with input from a number of other organizations.