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Brighton Named a Best Community for Music Education for 11th Year

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For the 11th straight year, Brighton Central School District was honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Brighton is one of just 754 districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2020.  

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.  

Over 2,000 students participate in the grade 4-12 choral and instrumental program, which includes multiple grade levels of choir, band, orchestra, jazz ensembles, chamber groups, and instrumental lessons. About 250 Brighton students were selected to participate in honor ensembles in NYSSMA Conference All-State, NYSSMA Area All-State, MCSMA All-County, Hochstein Youth Orchestra, and Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. For the sixth consecutive year, Brighton had a student selected for a NAFME all-national performing group. 

“What a great honor to receive this award for the 11th straight year and such a nice time to receive such good news,” said Debbie Parker, instrumental music teacher and Music Facilitator for grades K-5. “The NAMM award indicates the high quality of music teachers we have who bring out the best in our incredible Brighton students. We also have the important combination of community and administrative support who have the commonality of valuing the arts. It’s this perfect storm of students, teachers, families, and school administration collaborating together to provide a full and productive music education experience in the Brighton Central School District.” 

“It's a privilege to come to work each day and work with such an incredible group of professionals,” added Mike Struzik, instrumental music teacher and Music Facilitator for grades 6-12. “The success of our students is a result of the hard work by each member of the music staff and the incredible ongoing support that we receive from the community, Board of Education, and administration. If you walk into any music classrooms in our District, you will see the enormous sense of pride, not only in receiving this award, but also in the accomplishments we see every day in our students.” 

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the District answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instructional time, facilities, and support for the music program. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.