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NNPS named a Best Community for Music Education District

(04/01/2016) -Newport News Public Schools is recognized as one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. NNPS is one of 476 school districts across the country recognized for its music education program; and one of only two on the Peninsula. The designation recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who work together to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum.

NNPS offers music instruction beginning in kindergarten. At the elementary school level, all students are introduced to music through the use of songs, movement, and instruments. In middle school, students may take band, orchestra or chorus and join performance ensembles. NNPS high schools offer more than 15 music courses including Advanced Placement music theory. High school ensembles perform numerous concerts each year.

Community performances are an integral part of the NNPS music program. Student musical ensembles have played at the Ferguson Center for the Arts, the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, and at numerous grand openings, groundbreaking ceremonies and dedications.

Newport News Public Schools has a diverse music program which includes the Summer Institute of the Arts, an intensive six-week program in music, dance, theatre arts and visual arts for rising 8th grade through rising 12th grade students; the Arts and Communications magnet at Huntington Middle School; and the Arts and Communications magnet at Woodside High School. Nearly half of all NNPS middle and high school students are enrolled in a music course.

The Crittenden Middle School Band performed at an open house event at their school.

The Crittenden Middle School Band performed at an open house event at their school.

Legacy, Heritage High School's vocal ensemble, performed at the Teachers of the Year Banquet.

Legacy, Heritage High School's vocal ensemble, performed at the Teachers of the Year Banquet.