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We Did It Again - Best Communities for Music Education
We Did It Again - Best Communities for Music Education
Wendy Heslink
Monday, April 19, 2021

The Cassadaga Valley Central School District has once again been recognized as “One of the Best Communities for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).  CVCS received this award for the second year in a row, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to providing comprehensive music education for all students.  The NAMM designation is awarded to districts across the nation that demonstrate an outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

Nicole Zenns, CVCS Middle/High School music teacher, stated, "Our school age programs from Pre-K to grade 12 are extremely diverse. This year we have expanded with a new music technology lab and sound recording equipment. We offer a guitar class and two different Jamestown Community College “College Connections” courses, in addition to traditional band, choir, and general music classes. We are also fortunate to be offering our extra-curricular ensembles and will presenting a High School musical this year, while navigating the pandemic challenges along with the students.  Students are offered high quality instruction from CVCS faculty members who are also all professional performers on their instruments and have their own accolades, in addition to caring enough about students enough to make teaching their primary profession."

 “Cassadaga Valley has long had a strong music program. We are grateful to have such strong support from our school, our administration, and our community,” said John Cole, CVCS choral music teacher.  Ann Rose, the music teacher at the CVCS Sinclairville Elementary School said, “Music is a powerful tool that brings joy and healing to our lives - especially in times such as these. I'm so very proud of the amazing young souls in Cassadaga Valley, and honored to be a part of their musical lives."

 To qualify for the Best Communities designation, a group of teachers and administrators were required to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the district’s music programs. The responses were reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas, who recognized that Cassadaga Valley’s music education program is empowered and sustained by consistent support of the school’s community.  

 The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 members around the world.  For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.