Pittsford Schools Recognized as One of the "Best Communities for Music Education"

Pittsford Schools has been named one of the 2019 “Best Communities for Music Education.” The designation is given to school districts across the U.S. that demonstrate a commitment to music education as part of the curriculum. To qualify for the award, the District completed a survey with information about funding for music education, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and several other relevant factors. Pittsford Schools was one of 623 school districts nationwide to receive this recognition in 2019.

The recognition is given by the NAMM Foundation, a nonprofit organization supported by the National Association of Music Merchants and its several thousand members throughout the world. The foundation encourages music participation by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.

The designation comes during Music in Our Schools Month, a month established by the National Association for Music Education in 1973 to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children. It is the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. 

Music in Our Schools Month gives Pittsford Schools the opportunity to celebrate the wonderful music programs, students and educators in the District. Thank you to all of our music educators who contribute to music programs throughout the District.

Grades K-7 General Music Education
All students in grades K-7 participate in general music education. In these classes, students learn about music history and composers. They also learn about music concepts such as creating musical ideas, keeping a steady beat, reading music, singing and playing recorders, ukulele, keyboard and guitar.

In-School Music Programs
There are approximately 2,260 students from all nine schools who participate in music programs during the school day. These programs include band, chorus, orchestra and grade 4-12 music theory class.

Extracurricular Music Programs
Besides participating in music programs during the school day, many students take part in extracurricular music programs offered by the District. These programs meet after school or in the evening.

At Barker Road and Calkins Road Middle Schools, students can join select chorus, wind ensemble and festival orchestra. At Mendon and Sutherland High Schools, students can participate in jazz band, jazz ensemble, vocal jazz, show choir and a cappella groups. The middle and high schools also hold musicals throughout the school year.

Monroe County School Music Association (MCSMA) All-County Participation
In January, students from all over Monroe County performed solos in their age groups. These solo rankings were used to select students for all-county ensembles.

  • 12 students from BRMS, MHS, and SHS selected for the MCSMA Jazz Festival (two jazz bands and a vocal jazz group):
  • 46 students from MHS and SHS were selected for the MCSMA Sr. High All-County Festival (band, orchestra and chorus)
  • 39 students from BRMS and CRMS were selected for the MCSMA All-County Jr. High Festival (band, orchestra and chorus)
  • 35 students from ACE, BRMS, CRMS, MCE and TRE were selected for the MCSMA All-County Elementary Festival (band, orchestra and chorus)

In addition to MCSMA all-county ensembles, many of our students are selected to go on to state and national competitions.

Summer Music Enrichment
Pittsford Schools also offers the Summer Enrichment Institute (SEI) which provides music classes, theater shows and more to students during the summer. This year, theater productions will include “Mamma Mia” for students in grades 9-12, “Frozen Jr.” for students in grades 6-9, and “Sleeping Beauty Kids” for students in grades 2-5.

Registration is open until May 1 at www.prestochair.com. For more information about SEI, please visit the Summer Enrichment Institute webpage.