Bellmore Named a Top Music Education Community

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The NAMM Foundation has designated the District one of the nation’s 2018 Best Communities for Music Education for its demonstration of exceptionally high commitment to music education and access to music instruction for all of the district’s students. 

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants to advance active participation in music. The district’s music program was analyzed for funding, staffing of qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction.

The District is extremely proud of its Bellmore Star Music Program, which offers instruction in string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments and provides opportunities for students to participate in band, orchestra and chorus. Unique and beneficial to the Bellmore Stars, every second-grade student receives instruction in violin. In addition, each class performs their new skills for their parents. Students in third grade are offered the opportunity to receive lessons in a string instrument and participate in orchestra. Beginning in fourth grade, students can participate in band and receive lessons in their chosen instrument. Students also perform in various school concerts, choral groups and musical theater productions.

Another unique opportunity for students is the Star Ukulele Program. Students at Winthrop Avenue are introduced to the ukulele and play songs during their general music classes. Students at both Winthrop Avenue and Shore Road schools can also join the Ukulele Club and play during recess.

This year, 16 Shore Road student-musicians were selected to participate in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Music Festival, and six student-musicians participated in the Long Island String Festival.

“Bellmore’s music offerings, as well as support from the Board of Education, administration, faculty and the community have helped the district to achieve the status as one of the nation’s premier education programs,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Famularo said. “Bellmore is a great community with outstanding schools.  We are proud to be nationally recognized as a Lighthouse District, a Common Sense School District and now designated as one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education.”