For the second consecutive year, 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 527 districts across the nation that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to music education.

This award recognizes the VSCHSD as leader in providing learning opportunities in music as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which explicitly places the music and the arts as essential elements of a 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 talents and interested in the fine and performing arts through courses in movement and dance, musical theater and acting, as well as AP level classes.
District Coordinator for the Fine & Performing Arts, Adam Erdos added, “Attaining the Best Communities for Music Education designation for the second time in two years is further proof of the incredible students and teachers we have in the Valley Stream Central High School District. On behalf of the Music Department we thank the Board of Education and the District Administration for their continued support of all the arts and look forward to our Spring Concerts in the coming months and other outstanding performances in the coming months and years.”