Submitted by Oswego County BOCES
For the fourth consecutive year, the Phoenix Central School District has been recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants as one of the country’s Best Communities for Music Education.
The distinction acknowledges schools and districts across the United States for their commitment to and support for music education.
This year, the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation designated 376 districts as Best Communities for Music Education. More applications were received than in years prior and only 56.7 percent of those applications were selected.
New York state dominated the list, accounting for 102 of the 376 award-winning districts in 2014. Phoenix is one of three districts in Oswego County to earn the distinction (the others are Fulton and Mexico).
The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service used nine criteria to calculate the Best Community for Music Education: music for all, support from administrators, scheduling, opportunity, qualified faculty, standards, community, funding and technology.
Music programs throughout the country are extraordinarily diverse, but all of the Best Communities’ districts share a common thread. — communities that support music in their schools and offer the opportunity to take individual instruction.
In Phoenix, students have many options to grow as musicians beyond what is provided during the school day.
The district offers several extracurricular music programs, including the middle school jazz band, high school jazz band, marching band, parade band and winter drumline. The drama club also performs a fall drama production and a spring musical each and every school year.