Best Community for Music Education

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The East Hampton School District has been chosen as a 2016 Best Community for Music Education in America by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The honor celebrates schools and districts for their support and commitment to music education and recognizes the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and parents who believe in music education as integral for all students.  

The program measures a variety of factors, including budgetary commitment to music, opportunities to learn music, the presence of highly qualified, certified music teachers, adherence to state and national standards, types of musical experiences offered, and opportunities for performance and competition, among others. To receive a Best Communities for Music Education designation, a school district must demonstrate commitment to providing access to high-quality music instruction.

"I would like to thank the music teachers of East Hampton and each of the sending districts, the drama directors, our administration, our Board of Education, the teaching staff, the parents and the East Hampton community for creating such a special place for our students to thrive in music and the performing arts,” Troy Grindle, the district’s K-12 music coordinator, said. "This is an award for all of us to share."