Record Year for Musical Instrument Donations!

June 29, 2015
The Fine Arts Booster Group, an IPEI affiliate, wants to thank our generous community!  A record number of used musical instruments were donated this year.  Twenty three instruments made their way from people’s closets to the boosters, who have each instrument evaluated, repaired, and then incorporated into the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) inventory.

ICSD students use these instruments, in addition to the district’s supply, for instrumental music instruction.  District second-graders can begin taking string instrument lessons and third-graders can begin taking band.  Certified music teachers teach interested students weekly, including ensemble sessions.   Instrumental music study is available to all from elementary school through high school.Elementary instrumental participation has increased to 67.9 % of students. This rate is double digits above the national average.  The Fine Arts Boosters and the ICSD are working together to make sure all students have access to instruments.If you have an instrument you wish to donate, please contact the Fine Arts Booster Group at

We celebrate the Ithaca community for valuing the arts!   Our district students have access to visual art instruction, general and instrumental music instruction, drama co-curricular activity and much more!

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