The Farmingdale School District was recently awarded the “Best Communities in Music Education” distinction by the National Association of Music Merchants, or NAMM, Foundation for the 2013-2014 school year.
Farmingdale is one of 376 school districts across the country to receive the award.“It is truly an honor to receive this award because it represents the continued support of our school administration, our teachers – and most importantly – our community to ensure that music and art education is part of our students’ well-rounded education,” said Rita Zirpolo Padden, Farmingdale School District Fine Arts Director.
More than 2,000 school districts across the country applied to receive the distinction. Music education programs were evaluated on the following criteria: curriculum, student participation and engagement, student performing groups, musical achievements, funding, facilities and instruction time.
Each music classroom in the Farmingdale School District – including Farmingdale High School, Howitt Middle School, Woodward Parkway Elementary, Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School, Northside Elementary School and Albany Avenue Elementary School – will receive a framed certificate highlighting the District’s commitment to provide the necessary resources and high-level standards for music education.