March 29, 2016
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation announced that Monticello has been named a “Best Community for Music Education” for the seventh consecutive year.
According to the foundation’s press release, out of the nation's 13,515 school districts, 476 were chosen to receive this designation. Districts were required to answer questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs.
"We are moving from a time when curricula were narrowed due to pressure from testing and test-prep remediation to a broader view of what is important for all children,” Mary Luehrsen, a senior executive of the NAMM Foundation said. “That includes access to a well-rounded education – and an opportunity to learn and grow with music and the arts. The schools and districts we recognize serve as models for other educators looking to develop standards-based music education programs."
"I applaud the board and the administration that support the
arts, the teachers who go the extra mile to make a solid
music education available to all students, and the
Monticello community for proof that we are Greater Than The
Average, ”Nancy Wegrzyn said. Ms. Wegrzyn is the Monticello
Central School District Music Department’s Instructional