For the 11th consecutive year, the Massapequa School District was recognized for its music program by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. Massapequa was one of 623 school districts nationwide that earned the Best Communities for Music Education distinction in 2019.
For the past 20 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.
The district offers general music instruction beginning in kindergarten and students learn to play the recorder in third grade. Upon entering fourth grade, children can select an instrument to play in the band or orchestra through high school, and also join the chorus. Concerts throughout the year allow students to share their talents with their classmates, families and community members. Extracurricular opportunities include after-school ensembles and various musical theater productions, while the Summer Fine Arts program allows for year-round music instruction.
During the 2018-19 school year, more than 100 student musicians from the elementary, middle and high school levels were selected to the 2019 All-County Music Festival, hosted by the Nassau Music Educators Association. Thirteen students were chosen for Long Island String Festival Association ensembles and six Massapequa High School vocalists represented the district at the 2019 All-Eastern Honors Ensemble sponsored by NMEA.
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