Neshaminy School District has once again been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. This designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Neshaminy has received this award each year since 2017.
To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the Neshaminy District music staff answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs.
Neshaminy HS musicians announce the good news about the NAMM designation
Neshaminy offers a comprehensive music program for grades K‑12. All students in grades K‑8 receive General Music Instruction, which includes singing, classroom instrument playing and musical listening.
Beginning in grade 3, students may choose to learn an orchestral string instrument. In grade 4 students may begin learning woodwind, brass or percussion instruments. The Instrumental Program involves a weekly group lesson at school, as well as, a weekly large ensemble rehearsal — in many instances this is a School Orchestra or Concert Band. The Instrumental lesson program continues in the Middle Schools.
For students who are interested in singing, each school offers choral opportunities. Most schools put together a winter and spring performance for their parents and the community. At the secondary level an annual highlight is the school musical performance. Students build skills in acting, singing and dance through the musical.
Once students enter the High School, there are a variety of musical choices ranging from Symphonic & Marching Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Concert Choir, Select Choir and others. Students may also begin studies in Music Theory and Harmony or explore interests in music technology, piano keyboarding or guitar.
Neshaminy is proud that many of our musicians have achieved recognition at the regional, state and national level. This year, five student musicians were selected for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Music Festival (which was held virtually). Ryan Scott was named to the 2021 PMEA All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Kaylee Zimmerman and Micah Miles were named to the 2021 PMEA All-State Concert Band. Kate Bilenko and Cody Lewandowski were named to the 2021 PMEA All-State Chorus Roster.