to the Washingtonville Music Department for being honored with the Best
Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its
outstanding commitment to music education for the 4th consecutive
year. Washingtonville is one of 4% of districts across the nation to receive this prestigious award in 2017.
The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to
districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music
access and education to all students.
Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often
held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music
To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Washingtonville
answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class
participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and
community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials
and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
This award recognizes that Washingtonville is leading the way with
learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation,
the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in
December 2015, replaces No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was often
criticized for an overemphasis on testing—while leaving behind subjects such as
music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded
education for all children.
A big thank
you to all of our music teachers, faculty, staff, administrators, Board of Education members, community
and most importantly to all of our music students and families who strive for
excellence and support our program in so many ways!