Old Rochester school district wins recognition for music programs

May 18, 2023

MATTAPOISETT — The Old Rochester Regional School District was recognized as one of the nation’s “Best Communities for Music Education” with an award from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.

This is the second time the Old Rochester Regional School District has been recognized by the Foundation, with the last time being in 2019. The District was among 16 across Massachusetts that were recognized this year.

Now in its 24th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts nationwide that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

“One of the great highlights of the learning experiences here at Old Rochester Regional Junior High School, is that over the two years a student attends the Junior High School, nearly every student has at least a year of music education,” said Junior High School Principal Silas Coellner. “Student growth in music knowledge and skills is off the charts, and many young musicians launch their musical lives here at ORRJHS," said Old Rochester Junior High School Principal Silas Coellner.

To qualify for the “Best Communities” designation, districts 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 by school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

"This prestigious recognition is a testament to the unwavering dedication and tireless efforts of our talented students, passionate teachers and supportive families," said Nelson. "Music education ignites creativity, fosters teamwork, enhances cognitive abilities and cultivates a lifelong appreciation for the arts.”