For its demonstration of exceptionally high commitment to music education and student access to music education, the Bellmore School District was once again designated as one of the nation’s 2020 Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. A nonprofit organization supported, in part, by the National Association of Music Merchants, the NAMM Foundation‘s goal is to advance participation in music. To receive this prestigious designation, Bellmore’s music education department was analyzed for funding, staffing of qualified music teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction.
The district’s Bellmore Star Music Program offers instruction in string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments and provides opportunities for students to perform in band, orchestra and chorus. Unique and beneficial to students is the opportunity for every second grade student to receive instruction in violin.
Third grade students are offered lessons on a string instrument and can participate in orchestra. Beginning in fourth grade, students can participate in band and receive lessons in their chosen instrument. Students also perform in various school concerts, choral groups and musical theater productions.
Another unique music opportunity is the Star Ukulele Program. Winthrop Avenue students are introduced to the ukulele and play songs during their general music lessons. Students enrolled at Winthrop Avenue and Shore Road School can also join the Ukulele Club and practice their skills at recess.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Famularo explained that Bellmore’s music offerings, as well as support from the board of education, administration, faculty and the community have helped the district to achieve the status as one of the nation’s premier education programs. Additionally, participation in the music program assists students to achieve their musical goals through practice of leadership principles and core values including dedication, synergy, teamwork continuous improvement and more.
“We are proud to be nationally recognized as one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education,” Dr. Famularo said.
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