Dozens of Long Island locations have been awarded Best Music Education Communities (BCME) by the National Music Merchants Association Foundation.

Now in its 24th year, the program recognizes “the outstanding efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders and their support of music education as part of a well-rounded education for all children,” according to the website.

Only 830 school districts and 78 schools in 43 states received the 2023 BCME awards.

Some of the Long Island schools receiving this honor include:

  • Gulf Coast Unified School District
  • Farmingdale School District
  • Hempstead Unified Free School District
  • East Islip Union Free School District
  • Syosset Central School District
  • Port Jefferson School District
  • Comsewogue School District

“It is a great honor to be recognized as one of the best music education communities,” Dr. Rob Wottawa, director of arts and music for UFSD East Islip, said in an announcement on the district’s website.

This year marks the first time the East Islip District has received the BCME designation.

“East Islip is a family…I’m not surprised we were chosen for this award,” Wottawa continued. “The tremendous achievement of our students is only possible through the combined efforts of all of us to provide our students with the best possible musical experience.”

BCME awards are based on student demographics, music education participation rates, teacher qualifications, budget, and more.

For a complete list of winners, including all winning Long Island regions, click here.

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