Rome Music Education Program

Rome Music Education Program Receives National Recognition
Posted on 06/30/2017
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The Rome City School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Rome joins 527 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2017. 

The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. 

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Rome's music department was assessed on several factors, such as funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. These factors evolve over time, so this recognition also honors the work of music educators and administrators from years past. Current Rome music faculty members include RFA: Leanna Guerrieri, Mary Kay Madonia, Jake Meiss and Michelle Madonia-Rushford. Strough: Linda Baker, Beth Bushaw, Anne Gannon and Brittany Mendoza. Staley: Erica Oshier, Shannon Proctor, Robert Verminski and Shelby Yerrick. K-4 Schools: Suzie Abreu, Sarah Anderson, Erica McMyler, Bonnie Sliker, Diane Vicik and Allison Young. 

This award recognizes that Rome is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, replaces No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing—while leaving behind subject such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children. Director of Fine Arts and Engineering Technology, Andrea Falvo said, “This is the second year Rome has applied and received this honor, and is extremely proud of the outstanding talent of both the students and staff in the Rome City School District.” There has been a great deal of collaboration K-12 in the music department. 

Superintendent of Schools, Peter C. Blake said "I’m proud of the exceptional work of our students and staff as they are really deserving of this honor.” 

The Rome City School district has a proud tradition of music education stretching back nearly a century. Many of the current music faculty are themselves products of this legacy. The district regularly has students accepted into Area All State, Conference All State, All Eastern, and All National music ensembles. 

In addition, each year Rome ensembles earn high marks from adjudicators at Marching Band competitions, Jazz Festivals, Choir Festivals, and the New York State School Music Association Major Organizations festival. 

About The NAMM Foundation: The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.

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