ICSD Music Education Program Receives National Recognition for 11th Consecutive Year

2023 best communities for music education proud BCME district

The Ithaca City School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. This is the 11th consecutive year that the ICSD has received this designation. 

The BCME award program recognizes districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Districts are evaluated on a number of factors, including funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music programs, and community music-making programs.

Read the NAMM Foundation's press release to learn more about this impressive designation.

The ICSD’s Fine and Performing Arts Department recognizes that the study of music, art, and theater inspires learning, critical thinking, identity development, and strong communities. We celebrate the authentic selves of all students and work to cultivate loving relationships through anti-racist, inclusive, culturally-responsive practices. Students explore their artistic voices and hone their skills in music, art, and theater through authentic performance opportunities in school and the community.