Mexico Schools Earn Music Education Honors

MEXICO – The NAMM Foundation has recognized the Mexico Academy and Central School District as one of the Best Communities for Music Education for 2018.

MACS joins 582 other school districts and 135 schools from throughout the country which have demonstrated “an exceptionally high commitment and consistent access to music education,” according to NAMM

The success of the MACS music program, from the elementary schools up to the high school, would not be possible without the dedication and support of MACS Board of Education members, administrators, the Music Boosters, students, parents and community members.

Mexico schools are among only two districts in Oswego County to receive the 2018 honor.

While all MACS students are provided direct, hands-on access to music education beginning at the Universal Pre-Kindergarten level, their involvement in the music program may expand to include beginner band in fourth grade.

From there, Mexico Middle School students may participate in the seventh grade or eighth grade bands, the 7/8 jazz ensemble, marching band, chorus and/or the school musical.

Musical opportunities are abound at Mexico High School, including: a musical, pit orchestra, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, marching band, wind ensemble, jazz choir and concert choir, among others.

James Emery, MACS Board of Education president, said the honor is “truly a community achievement,” which is reflective of everyone who supports the entire music program.

Emery thanked Mexico students because “despite all of the distractions of today, (they) make the extraordinary effort to learn, practice and participate in an art form that brings so much joy to those who listen.”