Longwood Named Best Community for Music Education

Longwood Named Best Community for Music Education
Posted on 04/07/2021
Longwood Named Best Community for Music EducationFor the thirteenth year, the Longwood Central School District has been named one of the "2021 Best Communities for Music Education" by The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. 

"It's been a tough year for music education programs around the country, the state, and Long Island," said Dr. John J. Gallagher, Director of Music and Fine Arts. "Through the support received from our administration, board of education, parents and community members at large - and, of course, the work our teachers have been doing in this unprecedented time - our students are continuing to receive their music education."

Of the 686 school districts selected nationally, 157 are from New York State, with only 31 from Nassau and 23 from Suffolk Counties.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. 

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the Longwood Central School District 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.

Since the passage by Congress in 2015 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and a stated emphasis on a well-rounded education, many school districts have re-committed to music and arts education programs and found that in this time of a national pandemic, provides a valuable way to keep students engaged in school.

ESSA provides designated funding for well-rounded educational opportunities through Title IV Part A Student Academic Success and Achievement grants. NAMM Foundation research has revealed that these grants are being widely used by school districts to address instructional gaps in access to music and arts education. 

About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit

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