Center Moriches School District is recognized for its commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education Award!

Center Moriches Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

Center Moriches has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.  
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, Center Moriches answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs.  Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“The Center Moriches school community values the traditions and influence of a successful music program. We are fortunate for the continued support of our Board of Education and their commitment to investing in the arts. Our focus as a district is to improve student connectedness by providing activities that students are passionate about.  Undoubtedly, the wealth of opportunities within our music program exemplify this endeavor.  Our music faculty is to be commended for their dedication, unity and willingness to consistently go above and beyond.”
- Jeremy Thode, Associate Principal/Director
“Music education has proven to provide academic, social and personal benefits by reinforcing skills such as teamwork, communication, discipline and creativity. I enjoy utilizing the school music program to enhance the lives of the students of Center Moriches. We look forward to expanding their minds and abilities through musical interactions in the future."
- Paul Conefry, Center Moriches High School Music Educator
"Music education gives our students a chance to express their thoughts and emotions while being part of something larger than themselves. Our students passionately create and perform music while experiencing an immense sense of belonging. We could not be more proud of their accomplishments and cannot wait to see what else they achieve."
- Pamela Basile, Clayton Huey Elementary Music Educator
Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. In a series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the University, it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood. Beyond the Northwestern research, other studies have indicated that music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel.
In 2015, the U.S. Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which gives states and school districts more local control, and recognizes music and arts as part of a “well-rounded” education for every student. It also protects the classroom time for these classes. As our state readies for implementation in the coming 2018-2019 school year, Center Moriches remains committed to keeping music education as part of our core curriculum. Music is an essential part of life, and we couldn’t be prouder of the students, parents and teachers in our community who recognize that the cognitive, social and behavioral benefits of music education are designed to last a lifetime.