Syosset Named a Best Community for Music for the 17th Time!

For the 17th time the Syosset School District has been named as one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. 

Syosset is one of 583 school districts in the nation to receive the distinction this year, which recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. There are approximately 14,000 public school districts in the U.S.

“This honor not only recognizes outstanding programming and musical accomplishments, but also the importance of community support,” said Syosset Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts Michael Salzman. “I often say that Syosset is a community that demands nothing less than a high quality music education for all of its children. This is an award that every student, teacher, administrator and community member can take pride in, because they all play an important role in supporting music education in Syosset.”

Syosset has a K-12 sequential program in music education that has long been recognized as one of the best in the state and in the nation.  A 2002 Kennedy Center award acknowledged the outstanding support for music education from the community and the Board of Education. The District’s multiple Grammy Awards also serve as recognition of the extremely advanced level of performance given by its musical ensembles. 

The NAMM Foundation, assisted by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas, evaluates schools and districts based on their funding, highly qualified music teachers, commitment to high music standards, community support, and participation and access to music instruction.