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Best Communities for Music Education

The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns are honored to have been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) by the National Association for Music Merchants.

BCME is the signature program of The NAMM Foundation that recognizes and celebrates school districts and schools for their support and commitment to music education and efforts to assure access to music for all students as part of a well-rounded education.

Mr. Micah Sprague, Director of the District's Performing Arts Program and Dr. Gail Duffy, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, collaborated on the entry for this prestigious program. They credit the investment and support that the community has made in music education and the performing arts in recent years. Specifically, they point to great support from the administration, along with the Board of Education and Foundation, added programs, increased community performances, amazing booster support, and additional staff.

Mr. Sprague said: "This program begins with strong roots at John Paulding which gives students the chance to grow and learn through music, building life long skills and memories throughout their years at Morse and Washington Irving, culminating in outstanding student outcomes when they graduate from 12th grade at Sleepy Hollow High School. All of those things combined with the rich arts fabric that exists in the communities of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are why we were recognized with this prestigious honor."

Enormous thanks to our incredible Performing Arts Teachers across the district: Austin Day, David DiLeo, Lisa DiNome, Joy Giuseffi, Jen Lefleur, Gail Persad, Neal Spitzer, and Brittney Trenczer, as well as our Dramatic Arts team: Julie Dore, Peter Kennedy, and Peter Royston.