2019 Best Music Community

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EH Award Winning Music Department

East Hampton's Music Education Program Receives 

National Recognition

For The Fourth Consecutive Year! 

East Hampton has been honored with the 2019 Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.  

Now in its 20th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, our district answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music programs, Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

Superintendent Richard Burns said, "We are so proud and always amazed by the accomplishments of the East Hampton School District's Music Department. They truly have a major impact on the culture of the schools through their stellar performances throughout the year. I was so happy to see the music department honored by receiving the Best Community for Music Education award." 

This award recognizes that East Hampton is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing-while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.  

According to East Hampton HS Principal, Adam Fine, "Although core academics and, at times, testing get all the press, our music program has become the foundation of our school.  Along with the fine arts, our music students achieve unprecedented success in their academics.  We are very fortunate to have a community which supports the program.  Kudos to our students, teachers, and community members who make the music program successful.  This is a well-deserved honor."     

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. After two years of music education, research found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores than their less-involved peers and that students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school, but also to attend college as well. Everyday listening skills are stronger in musically-trained children that in those without music training. Significantly, listening skills are closely tied to the ability to: perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention, and keep sounds in memory. Later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound; young adults and even older adults who have not played an instrument for up to 50 years show enhanced neural processing compared to their peers. Not to mention, social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.