Ithaca City School District's Music Education Program Receives National Recognition


Ithaca City School District is one of 4% of school districts in nation to receive distinction

Ithaca, N.Y., April 13, 2017– The Ithaca City School District has been named as one of the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education by The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. The Ithaca City School District is one of 527 districts in the nation recognized for its commitment to music education.  This is the fifth consecutive year the ICSD has been recognized.

The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in providing access to music education for all students. The Ithaca City School District excels in funding music, graduation requirements, music class participation, music instruction time, facilities, community music-making programs, and overall support for music education. The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas evaluated school districts nationally and chose districts that set the bar for music education.

“This honor reinforces the amazing work of the music teachers, the support of the Board of Education, superintendent and community.  It also recognizes the support of one of the finest community organizations in the nation, The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG).  It is our intention and desire that every child is given the chance to thrive in an Arts Education,” said David Brown, Director of Fine and Performing Arts at the Ithaca City School District.

“The Ithaca community welcomes a diversity of artists, and supports the arts with vibrant, energetic enthusiasm,” said Karla Notarianni, a classroom teacher in Ithaca.