The Lynbrook Public Schools has recently been recognized with the Best Communities for Music Education designation by the NAMM Foundation for the ninth consecutive year. Each year, hundreds of school districts across the country are awarded with the prestigious honor for their high commitment to music education and for providing access to music instruction for all students. Lynbrook was among 686 districts to be recognized for 2021.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NAMM Foundation included a special edition component for the award this year. School districts were asked to delineate practices and approaches for pursuing innovation in music learning and the critical connections music education has provided to reflect current realities. Districts also had to demonstrate the ongoing commitment of their school community supporting music education for all children.
“I have always been so proud and grateful as Lynbrook achieved each of the eight previous Best Communities for Music Education designations,” said Joseph Pallotta, district director of fine and performing arts. “The unprecedented circumstances of 2020-2021 certainly places this most recent award as possibly the most gratifying. The restrictions which school districts were presented with were unprecedented for all subjects, and extremely difficult for the arts particularly in the area of music performance; yet this staff, these students and this community continue to meet and exceed these challenges as evidenced by this latest award.”