Harborfields Central School district is proud to announce that it has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation by the National Association of Music Merchants, or NAMM Foundation.
For the past 21 years, the designation has been awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify, Harborfields administrators answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities and support. The responses were then reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
“Harborfields has a long tradition of supporting and promoting music education,” Dan Bilawsky, the district’s K-12 music department coordinator, said. “This is a true honor that speaks to the commitment of our entire community in regard to fostering and encouraging a well-rounded education for all.”
Students who partake in music education often benefit from improved memory as well as cognitive, reading, speech, listening and social skills. Additional social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills and how to give and receive constructive criticism.
“When we think of the skills we want students to acquire before they enter the world, we think of the ability to problem-solve creatively, work well with others, work hard to achieve success, and appreciate the beauty in the world around them,” Oldfield Middle School choral and general music teacher, Jessica Lowenhar said. “This is what music education teaches every day.”