ICSD Named as one of Top Schools for Music Education for third consecutive year

At the March 24, 2015 Board of Education Meeting, Director of Fine and Performing Arts David Brown spoke to Board of Education members and said,

“I would like to thank you for your continued service and love of music and that which you impart on our learners. You have truly created an atmosphere where music is important to our children’s lives. In the last three years we have seen participation levels increase in all regards. We have seen test scores of those that study music outperform those that don’t. Given all of that we continue to strive for excellence and I remind the board regularly that while we have moved the dial in regard to student performance due to music education we teach for the sake of music education.”

And the ICSD released this information in April:

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has recognized Ithaca City Schools for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. ICSD joins 380 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious distinction in 2015.

Now in its 16th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of schools’ core curriculum.

The BCME survey requires districts to answer 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 with school officials and reviewed by The Center for Public Partnerships and Research, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

“Together we have strived for excellence in Music Education in the Ithaca City Schools. In the last three years we have increased our participation in our elementary schools more than 150%. Music has moved the dial in regards to students performing at higher levels in all curricular areas. We truly believe an Arts Education is necessary for a child’s success. On behalf of all music educators we want to thank Superintendent Luvelle Brown and the Board of Education for supporting such initiatives,” said, David Brown, Director of Fine and Performing Arts.

Community music programs have been drawing increased attention this school year because of a landmark study by Northwestern University. These researchers found new links between students in community music programs and academic success in subjects such asreading and math. “The Ithaca City Schools has seen an extraordinary increase to our students’ success on ELA, reading and math assessments and while we embrace these findings we continue to teach music education for the sake of music education” said Brown.