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Musical cheers for Honeoye, Pal-Mac

It may sound cliche, but the hills of Honeoye are truly alive with the “Sound of Music,” and the notes are reverberating beyond school district boundaries.

The Honeoye and Palmyra-Macedon central school districts are among area districts to recently be nationally recognized as “Best Communities for Music Education.”

“We are excited,” said Grace Wood, Honeoye music department chair. “For some reason, music has always been at the heart of the community. It isn’t just perpetuated at the school.”

Pal-Mac was awarded the distinction for the fifth straight year.

“We firmly believe it is because of the strength of our leadership, staff and programs,” said Cindy Hill, the district’s lead music teacher for UPK-12. “The leadership in Pal-Mac has shown year after year that music is a core subject that should be made accessible for all students.”

School districts are annually selected for the recognition by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), in cooperation with researchers at the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

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