Music Program Receives National Recognition

Music Program Receives National Recognition
Posted on 04/09/2021
music program

The Rome City School District has once again been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Rome joins 686 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2021. It is the sixth year in a row that they have received this distinction.


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, Jacob Meiss, Michelle Madonia-Rushford and Erica Oshier.

Strough Middle School: Linda Baker, Beth Bushaw, Anne Gannon and Emily Gillander.

K-6 elementary schools: Suzanne Abreu, Sarah Anderson, Christian Arthur, Tracie Cook,

Aaron Decker, Stephanie Mahoney, Erica McMyler, Stephen Russell, Robert Verminski 

Diane Vicik, Shelby Yerrick and Allison Young. 


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, Choir Festivals, and the New York State School Music Association Major Organizations festival. 







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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





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