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Brighton Named a Best Community for Music Education for 10th Year

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For the 10th straight year, Brighton Central School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Brighton is one of just 623 districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2019.

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.

“I am pleased to see that our community has been recognized for the 10th consecutive year as a Best Community for Music Education,” said Dr. Mike Liener, Brighton’s Director of Innovative Student Learning. “Every day, I am humbled by the work of our incredibly dedicated group of music teachers. They are professionals in the truest sense of the word and always put the needs of students first. As a result of their work, every student in Brighton has a chance to participate in making music and to benefit from all that music has to offer them in their development. In addition, I am greatly appreciative of the support that our community shows by their involvement in our programs. Without the support of the full community, we would not be able to do this valuable work for the benefit of all kids.”

Over 2,000 students participate in the grades 4 through 12 choral and instrumental music program, which includes multiple grade levels of choir, band, orchestra, jazz ensembles, chamber groups, and instrumental lessons. This year, about 250 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.

“Winning this award for a decade clearly shows the legacy our music teachers have established in creating this distinguished program in every building of our District,” said Debbie Parker, instrumental music teacher and Music Facilitator for grades K-5. “The unyielding support of the administration and community help make it so. Congratulations to our children who will continue to reap the benefits of such a strong music foundation in their education.”

“What an honor it is to receive the NAMM award for the 10th consecutive year,” added Mike Struzik, instrumental music teacher and Music Facilitator for grades 6-12. “It's an absolute privilege to come to work and collaborate with such an incredible group of professionals. The success of our students is a result of the hard work by each member of the music staff and the incredible ongoing support we receive from the community, Board of Education, and administration. If you walk into any music classroom 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, instruction 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.