Welcome to the new home for  

7th and 8th Grade Chorus and General Music at Chestnut Hill Middle School

and Concert Chorale at Liverpool High School!

For the sixth time, the NAMM Foundation has named the Liverpool Central School District one of the "Best Communities for Music Education."

School districts were chosen for this honor because they exemplify community commitment to include music education as part of a quality education for all children. In all, only 176 school communities in the country received this honor.

Our District offers a comprehensive music program that presents students with a wide range of opportunities to receive high quality instruction in classroom music, as well as performing ensembles. Several community groups
also help support our efforts to provide music education to all students.

The survey was sponsored by the NAMM Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. Additional sponsors include Americans for the Arts, League of American Orchestras, The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, Music For All, Music Teachers National Association, National Guild for Community Arts
Education, Yamaha Corporation of America, Young Audiences and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.

For more information about NAMM, visit the organization's Web site at

Congratulations to our students and teachers on this great honor. You are the ones who make this award possible.

I’d also like to thank the entire Liverpool community for its continued support of our music program.

Facts About Music Education

  1. As the musician constantly adjusts decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing and feeling, he/she trains the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once.
  2. Musical training has been found to improve how the brain processes the spoken word. This finding could lead to improving the reading ability of children who have dyslexia and other reading problems.
  3. Students of lower socioeconomic status who took music lessons in grades 8-12 increased their math scores significantly as compared to non-music students. But, just as important, reading, history, geography and even social skills soared by 40%.
  4. A Columbia U. study revealed that students in the arts are found to be more cooperative with teachers and peers, more self-confident and better able to express their ideas.
  5. Students at risk of not successfully completing their high school educations indicate that arts participation motivates them to stay in school, and that the arts create a supportive environment that promotes constructive acceptance of criticism and one in which it is safe to take risks.
  6. With music in schools, students connect to each other better-greater camaraderie, fewer fights, less racism and reduced use of hurtful sarcasm.
  7. High school students who participate in band, chorus, or orchestra report the lowest lifetime and current use of all drugs.
  8. New forms of entertainment, from hip hop and rock & roll to film and video games, are being created as we speak and will continue to evolve. Experts say that over the next ten years, jobs in art, music, culture and entertainment will grow twice as many as jobs in engineering will. Those who've been educated in the arts will have a great advantage over those who have not.
  9. The skills gained through sequential music instruction, including discipline and the ability to analyze, solve problems, communicate and work cooperatively, are vital for success in the 21st century workplace.


VH1 Save the Music
The National Association for Music Education
National Association of Music Merchants
AMC Music
American For the Arts