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District's music education program receives national recognition

The North Syracuse Central School District is excited to announce it was awarded a “Best Communities for Music Education” designation from The NAMM Foundation. This is the second consecutive year the district was recognized for its outstanding commitment to music education.

“It’s a key component of the NSCSD’s robust curriculum and we are fortunate to have opportunities for students to begin learning music at a young age. It’s exciting to receive this recognition especially in light of the tremendous work our staff did to keep the music program going during the pandemic. I am very proud of our dedicated and very talented teachers and students” said Daniel Bowles, NSCSD Superintendent of Schools.

The designation recognizes teachers, administrators, students and parents who continually work to keep music education an integral part of the core curriculum. 

“Our students and teachers have worked so hard and deserve to be congratulated for all that they’ve accomplished. Music is such an important component to educating the whole child and it’s simply wonderful that our efforts and talents are rewarded in this way” said Donna Marie Norton, the district’s Fine Arts Program Administrator.

To qualify, the NSCSD answered detailed questions about its music program. Responses were verified and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants. It supports scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information, please visit