Owego Apalachin Central School District’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition
This is their 4th time receiving this award.
Owego Apalachin 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 for the fourth year.
In its 23rd year, 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. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, OACSD answered detailed questions about music class participation, performance opportunities, collaborative projects, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
The OA application focused on the community support of the music program, in school day performing ensembles, and school enrichment activities like the musical, MTB, and summer enrichment music.
“I don’t think I’d be anywhere near the person I am now if it weren’t for being involved in music here at OA,” shared student Caleb Ferraro.
Senior music student Adriana DiCosimo shared, “The OA Music department has shown me the results that arrive when the set expectation is greatness. The teachers' time and dedication inspire students and keep the fire for improvement and performance alive.”
About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members worldwide. The foundation advances active music-making participation 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.