District Earns Distinction for Music Program

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The district has once again been recognized for its music program by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation with a Best Communities for Music Education distinction. Amityville joined 583 school districts in the nation in receiving the designation, the seventh time in the last eight years for the district. 

For 19 years, the Best Communities for Music Education program has acknowledged schools and districts across the country for their commitment to and support of music education in schools. The survey measured a variety of factors, including budgetary commitment to music, opportunities to learn music, the presence of highly qualified music teachers, adherence to state and national standards, types of musical experiences offered and opportunities for performance and competition.

In Amityville, general music instruction begins in kindergarten, and students learn to play the recorder in third grade. Upon entering Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School in fourth grade, children can select an instrument to play in the band or orchestra, and also join the chorus. Jazz ensembles are available at the middle school and high school, and elective courses include piano and music theory. 

“It is a great honor that the Amityville Union Free School District has again been designated as one the Best Communities for Music Education,” said Dr. Frances Fernandez, director of fine arts. “Our music program gives all students a chance to shine in the performing arts, and our dedicated music teachers are second to none. Amityville continues to remain a community that is committed to access and high standards for music education.”