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Engel Announces Edgemont School District Named One of the Best Communities for Music Education in U.S.

Engel Announces Edgemont School District Named One of the Best Communities for Music Education in U.S.

Westchester, NY— Congressman Eliot Engel, a member of the Congressional Arts Caucus, announced today that Edgemont Union Free School District has been named a Best Community for Music Education in the U.S. by the National Association of Music Merchants. The award recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who have made a commitment to music education. This is the second consecutive year Edgemont has been recognized as an outstanding community for music education.

“I am so pleased to know that the Edgemont Union Free School District is promoting music education, and I am very proud of the teachers, faculty, and students who have continued to work hard to once again garner this recognition,” Congressman Engel said. “Music and the arts are vital to every child’s education. At a time when drastic cuts to education are being proposed in Washington, it is more important than ever for us to stand in support of programs like Edgemont Orchestra, which broaden our students horizons and improve academic success. Congratulations again to the entire Edgemont School District.”

“There are four factors that contribute to the success of a music program: Dedicated students, supportive parents, supportive administration, and dedicated teachers,” said Edgemont Orchestra teacher Brittany Robinson-Chen. “A program can be successful without every attribute in place, but Edgemont is highly fortunate to benefit from strong representation in all areas. Our students are more than willing to put in extra time outside of school to further their musical development, our parents encourage and promote studying music both in and outside of school, our administration is always eager to help in any way they can, and our music department staff are top-notch, highly trained, professionals and pedagogues.”