Amityville Music Program Earns National Distinction

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The music program in the Amityville Union Free School District once again earned national recognition with its inclusion on the 2020 list of Best Communities for Music Education. Amityville has received this distinction from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation nine times in the past decade.


Amityville’s extensive program begins with general music instruction in kindergarten and students are exposed to different musical concepts, instruments and styles throughout their elementary years. Upon entering fourth grade, children can select an instrument to play in the band or orchestra, and also join the chorus. Concert, percussion and symphonic ensembles are offered at the middle school and high school, and elective courses music exploration, music theory and piano.


This year, Amityville students were selected to the New York State School Music Association’s All-State Symphonic Orchestra, Suffolk County Music Educators Association All-County Music Festival and Long Island String Festival Association orchestras. The high school marching band participates in the annual Newsday Marching Band Festival. Vocal and instrumental groups from Amityville Memorial High School, Edmund W. Miles Middle School and Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School performed at the district’s Pathways to Peace program with the Shanti Fund.


The Best Communities for Music Education program acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment to and support of music education in schools. A survey measures a variety of factors, including budgetary commitment to music, opportunities to learn music, the presence of highly qualified, certified music teachers, adherence to state and national standards, types of musical experiences offered and opportunities for performance and competition, among others.


“I am very thankful to the NAMM Foundation for this prestigious, nationwide recognition,” Director of Fine Arts Dr. Fran Fernandez said. “Thank you to our Board of Education, our administrators, our teachers, our students, and our parents and families for their continued support and participation in our music programs.”