Malverne High School
Malverne High School, located in Nassau County, Long Island, serves over 500 students from Malverne, Lakeview and Lynbrook. Malverne was named a U.S. High School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education and is accreditedy the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Malverne is one of 4 schools in the District. The staff of Malverne High School is committed to establishing an environment necessary for all students to achieve their academic, physical and social potential. It is our obligation to provide in our unique multi-cultural population the motivation and skills which will facilitate the growth of a disciplined intellect and sensitive character. We seek to graduate students prepared to meet the challenges of the future.
Malverne’s educational program is focused on the development of the whole child, in which students’ intellectual, physical, emotional and social well-being remain the focus. The Malverne School District is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment that provides an exceptional education, offering a wide variety of rigorous academic opportunities for achievement and growth in the areas of mathematics, humanities, sciences, athletics, music, and fine arts. United as one community we commit ourselves to developing independent, introspective and innovative thinkers who will have the ability to formulate questions and solve complex problems in an ever-advancing society. Academic scholarship along with school pride and unity is our shared mission. We are committed to discovering and developing the talents and skills of every individual while preparing our students for the competitive world of college, careers, and community in the 21st Century.
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Malverne’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition
In 2018 Malverne has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Malverne answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
This award recognizes that Malverne is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing-while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.
Read more on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Researching the Beneficial Impacts of Music Education for Children
Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. In a series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the University, it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.
Beyond the Northwestern research, other studies have indicated that music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel. A 2015 study supported by The NAMM Foundation, “Striking A Chord,” also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs.
Read More on the NAMM Foundation’s 2015 Study, “Striking a Chord”