BCSD music education program receives award

BCSD music education program receives award
Posted on 04/09/2020
NAMM Award

The Brockport Central School District (BCSD) has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. This is the fifth time the district has won the award.

Now in its 21st year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have provided music access and education to all students and made music education part of a well-rounded education. 754 school districts have been recognized as the Best Communities in the nation for music education. 

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, BCSD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“I’m proud to work with a terrific group of teachers, a supportive administration at all levels that understands how vital music is to the district’s health and wellbeing, committed parents and, most importantly, incredible students who readily share their gift every day,” says Music Department Chair Shawn Halquist.

This award recognizes that BCSD is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children. 

Halquist says one of the reasons Brockport is recognized with this award is because of the number of music programs offered throughout the district. Those programs include:

K-8- All students have General Music class

Hill School ensembles- 4th grade strings, 5th grade strings, Hill Hawks strings, 4th grade band, 5th grade band, Top Brass, 4th grade chorus, 5th grade chorus, and the Hill Top Singers.

OMS ensembles- 6th grade  strings, 7th and 8th grade strings, OMS Fiddle Club, Symphonia, 6th grade chorus, 7th and 8th grade chorus, Treble Makers, Pop Vocals, 6th grade band, 7th and 8th grade band, 6th grade Stage Band and 7th and 8th grade Jazz Ensemble

HS offers several electives- Explorations in Music, African Drumming, Science of Sound, Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Music and Technology, Music Theory and AP Music Theory

HS ensembles- Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble and Blue Notes, Choir, Mad Vocals, Bella Voci and Handsome Devils, Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and String Quartet

The NAMM Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade association that supports programs, research and activities that promote music-making across the lifespan through several programs. To view a complete list of the districts earning the Best Communities for Music Education award, visit https://www.nammfoundation.org/articles/bcme-2020-districts.

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