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Amherst Central Schools Named a 2020 Best Community for Music Education by NAMM

Best Community for Music Education The Amherst Central School District has been selected by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the United States for 2020. The district has earned this distinction numerous times, most recently in 2017 and 2018.


The district was one of 754 recognized for its exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.

This award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. The application was submitted with input from all Amherst Central School District music teachers, and included information about class sizes, extracurricular offerings, budget, instrumental, choral, and general music curricular offerings, staffing, daily, weekly, and monthly instructional time, as well as parental and community support.


“Thank you to our music teachers, as their daily perseverance and collegial collaboration create sound, professional, proactive, reflective, and thoughtful classroom and extra-curricular instruction that in turn awards our students and parents with the very best that the field of music education has to offer,” said Matt Pendrak, director of orchestral activities at Amherst Central High School. “Thank you to parents for your support of the music program within the district, of the professional music educators in the district, and to our administration and Board of Education who provide our teachers and students with the tools they need to make our district successful.”


Pendrak also congratulated the students of the Amherst Central School District, whose dedication to learning music and efforts on a daily basis form the backbone of strong performance throughout the district.  “Their commitment to our curricular ensembles, general music classes, extra-curricular bands, orchestras, and choirs, musicals, the Amherst Operetta Association, and countless other ensembles is truly astonishing and is a major reason why Amherst is such an extraordinary place to work and to live,” he said.