Keeping student music in tune


For years, the school district’s music program has been a bright star in the community.

But every so often even a bright star needs some help to stay that way.

The music department has been seeking about $100,000 overall  to replace instruments that are unable to be repaired and to provide opportunities for more students to participate in the grades 5-12 instrumental program, said district Director of Fine Arts and Engineering Technology Andrea Falvo.

So far, the department has raised about $39,000 toward that total, including some grants.The Rome school district’s music department is looking to raise about $61,000 more.

If you would like to help, contact Falvo at or at 315-338-6515.

Meanwhile, others are giving a hand too. The Rome Community Foundation has offered to match an additional $5,000 in funding from private donors or organizations, said the school district.

Falvo has been working closely with the foundation, and secured about $11,000 in grants to purchase instruments last fall, the district noted.

The music department also was awarded money from First Source Federal Credit Union in February as well as $28,000 in funding through a federal Title IV grant under the Every Student Succeeds Act, the district added.

The money will be spent on worthy items. The district “has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants for three consecutive years.”

Falvo expressed gratitude to the Board of Education and the Rome community for continued support of the district’s wide array of music programs and students.

We have no doubt the friends who appreciate the student music program will help the district reach its goal.


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