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Glen Cove School District’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

In recognition of its outstanding commitment to music education, the Glen Cove City School District was recently honored by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation with the NAMM 2022 Best Communities for Music Education Award.

The honor comes as a result of the outstanding efforts of Glen Cove teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum. This year’s honor was also designed to celebrate school districts with music departments that persevered through the coronavirus pandemic.  

“This recognition is a testament to the dedication, talent and passion of our music educators who create an incredible music curriculum and to our students who devote their time and energy into perfecting their craft,” said Glen Cove Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna. 

The Best Communities for Music Education designation was awarded to just 738 school districts of the over 13,800 public school districts in the country that demonstrated outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the distinction, the Glen Cove School District answered detailed questions about factors like the impacts of the pandemic, their goals for equity and access to music education, funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“Music has always been a point of pride in Glen Cove and we have an amazing and diverse music education program,” said JoAnn Criblez, the 4th and 5th Grade Orchestra Director at Connolly and Landing Elementary School. “Our students are given wonderful opportunities to work collaboratively on cultural activities brought into the district through the PTA or through other arts partnerships.”

For example, Gribbin Elementary School is hosting a festival for Earth Day that combines music performances with art and science displays.

In addition to providing daily music education on the elementary, middle and high school level, the district’s music department provides frequent opportunities for students to perform in concerts, recitals, and during plays for classmates and the community throughout the year.

The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 9,000 members around the world. The NAMM Foundation works to advance active participation in music making by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.