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GNPS Receives National Recognition for Music Education

The Great Neck Public Schools has again been named among the “Best Communities for Music Education” by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation, a coalition of music and educational organizations. This year marks the fifteenth time that Great Neck has received this prestigious award since its inception in 2005.

The Best Communities designation is earned by districts that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. Great Neck joins 686 school districts nationwide to receive this recognition.

The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Selection was based on answers to a survey about the district’s music offerings, in cooperation with researchers at the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

Great Neck’s proud music faculty include: Fine & Performing Arts Department Head Dr. Pamela Levy and Joseph Rutkowski at North High; Performing Arts Department Head Michael Schwartz, Mark Boschen, Dr. Janine Robinson, and Anthony Virgilio at South High; Department Head Matthew Trinkwald, Andrew DeNise, Arielle Murdocco, and Anthony Virgilio at North Middle; Department Head Alan Schwartz, Mark Boschen, Korey Coppola, and Andrew DeNise at South Middle; Aurora Coman, Anne Fogarty, and Cynthia Gorney at Baker; Patrick Kennedy and Alexandra Lambraia at Kennedy; Juan Garcia, Maryann Tabibzada, and Jacquelyn Tomlet at Lakeville; Robin Golub at Parkville; Chad Lasky and Dr. Christopher Wilson at Saddle Rock; and Alexander Swerdlin for the Elementary Remote Program (ERP).