For the third consecutive year, the NAMM Foundation has named Levittown as one of the 2016 Best Communities for Music Education. Levittown was among 476 school districts nationwide selected for their demonstration of exceptionally high commitment to music education and access to music instruction for all district 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.
Vincent D'Ulisse, the district's curriculum associate for music, explained that Levittown schools have a longstanding tradition of distinction in music. The music program contains elements not found in other Long Island school districts. In addition to the traditional offerings of band, chorus and orchestra, Levittown offers piano, guitar and electronic music, including digital recording technology. Extracurricular ensembles also provide enrichment opportunities.
Mr. D'Ulisse said the district is delighted to have received the Best Communities for Music Education designation for the third year in a row. "The Levittown Schools community, which includes music students and teachers, administrators and parents, has worked diligently for many years to build and maintain a comprehensive music program of high caliber," he said.