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Northport music education department receives national honors

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Northport-East Northport Union Free School district is proud to announce that it has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation by the National Association of Music Merchants, or NAMM Foundation.

For the past 21 years, the designation has been awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding efforts to support music education and provide music access and education to all students. To qualify, schools must provide detailed information about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction, facilities and support to be reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

Students who partake in music education often benefit from improved memory as well as cognitive, reading, speech, listening and social skills. Additional social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills and how to give and receive constructive criticism, according to the district’s director of fine and performing arts, Izzet Mergen.

“Congratulations to all the well-deserving students, teachers and staff that made receiving this prestigious award possible,” he said.