NNPS Named a 2019 Best Community for Music Education District


Posted: April 22, 2019

Newport News Public Schools is again recognized as one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. NNPS is one of 623 school districts across the country recognized for its music education program; and one of only 18 in Virginia. 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, 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 curriculum which includes the Summer Institute of the Arts, an intensive six-week program in music, dance, theatre arts and visual arts each summer 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.

Gildersleeve Middle School band students
Gildersleeve Middle School band students