VSCHSD a Best Community for Music Education

The Valley Stream Central High School District has been identified as one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation, a nonprofit organization that advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. The recognition was presented to districts across the nation that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to music education.

This award recognizes that VSCHSD is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which recommends music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.

Studies and reports have indicated that learning to play music can boost academic and social skill development. The NAMM Foundation cites research that links music education with reading, math processing and cooperation in group settings.

The district offers a wide variety of experiences for students in grades 7-12. Band, orchestra, and chorus opportunities exist at every grade level, and extra-curricular groups in jazz, wind ensemble, brass choir, men's and women's choir and gospel choir further enrich the music program. Students also explore and hone their fine and performing arts talents through courses in movement and dance, musical theater and acting, as well as AP classes.  

“Music and all of the fine and performing arts have long been a hallmark of the Valley Stream CHSD,” said District Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts Dr. Adam Erdos. “This designation is national recognition of the enduring commitment that the community, the Board of Education, and all of the district leadership has to music education. It shines a much-deserved light on the outstanding work that our teachers do every day with the students in the Valley Stream CHSD.”