NAMM 2024.

The Locust Valley Central School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Now in its 25th year, the Best Communities designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement for providing music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the designation, the 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 by school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“Our recognition as a NAMM Best Community for Music Education for the sixth consecutive year highlights the collective commitment of our educators, students and community to excellence in music education,” AnnMarie Buonaspina, Coordinator of Instructional Technology and the Fine and Applied Arts, said. “It validates our success in creating an enriching environment where music is an essential and vibrant part of our school community.”