For the third year in a row, the William Floyd School District Music Department, along with the entire school community, has been designated as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. The “Best Communities for Music Education” award is given to those communities that demonstrate outstanding achievements and efforts to provide music access and education to all students. This prestigious recognition, earned by just 623 school districts across the nation, recognizes efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have contributed to making music education an important part of well-rounded instruction. The William Floyd Music Department has earned this honor five times – 2004, 2006, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
“I would like to congratulate our entire music department, our students and their families for achieving this honor for the third consecutive year,” said Kevin M. Coster, Superintendent of Schools, William Floyd School District. “It takes a talented faculty with eager students and buy-in from parents to have a successful music community. As evidenced by the myriad awards received by our students and faculty each year, along with the recent department-wide induction into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, William Floyd is truly one of the best places in the nation for music education.”
To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the William Floyd School District answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music programs and more. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
“It is truly amazing to have our community of students, parents, teachers and administrators recognized for their ongoing support of the music program. The commitment of the William Floyd community and their continued efforts to provide a high quality music program as part of a well-rounded education for our students is to be applauded,” said George Ober, coordinator of music, William Floyd School District. “Congratulations to my colleagues and community for receiving this recognition for the third consecutive year!”
Members of the award-winning music faculty include: Kaitlin Albus, Julia Bellante, Kelly Bergquist, Jacob Boulay, Diana Brown, Amanda Burrage, Michael Cicerelli, Christine Coffill, Dawn Conefry, Joseph Cordaro, Michael Cordaro, Jonathan Dignam, Barbara D’Orio, Ryan Feldscher, Gabriella Forgit, Ralph Guasp, Richard Harris, Garry Helbock, Juliana Hyatt, Kimberly Hyland, Sharon Kitzis, Jessica Marks, Christopher Miranda, George Ober, Leanna Ozman, Denise Post, Donia Rivera, Garrett Rode, Barbara Sapanaro, Christine Saraceno, Amy Sckipp, Michelle Seifert, Christopher Shaughnessy, Mick Singh, Lauren Svoboda, Debora-Ann Tomko, Donna Visone-O’Brien, Lynn Zummo and music secretary, Nancy Slane.
About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.