Albion makes it 12 straight years on NAMM’s list of outstanding music programs

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 March 2019 at 3:56 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: Maia Pate performs as the Cat in the Hat during the Albion Middle School’s production of Seussical on March 15-16. The middle and high schools both do two full-length musicals each year.

ALBION – The Albion music program has made it 12 straight years of being recognized on a national list of schools with outstanding music programs.

The North American Music Merchants has its annual lists of school districts that are “Best Communities for Music Education.” Albion is one of 623 districts to be recognized nationally, and the only one in Orleans County.

The NAMM organization gives out the award to recognize districts that make music a priority, especially in an era of tight school budgets and packed student schedules.

“Congratulations to the 623 school districts that are among the Best Communities in the nation for music education,” NAMM stated on its website. “The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.”

Other nearby school districts on the list include Akron, Brockport, Le Roy, Perry and Roy-Hart.

Albion runs an active music program in the elementary, middle and high schools. The high school puts on two full-scale musical and students also perform in several different instrumental and choral groups. In all, high school musicians perform numerous times during the school year.

The middle school puts on two musicals each year, and its students perform with the marching and jazz bands. Elementary music teachers lead students in performances throughout the year.

Research studies continue to demonstrate the physical, cognitive and social benefits of music making. Students who are involved in a school-based music program are not only more likely to graduate high school and attend college, the NAMM Foundation stated.

Students, with even only a few years of musical training early in life, also are better able to process sound, even later in life. Social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills and learning how to give and receive constructive criticism, NAMM said.

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