The value of the arts in education is something Cortland Enlarged City School District takes very seriously. The District believes that every child deserves the opportunity to play a musical instrument. Studies have shown that music makes kids smarter, improves the quality of their education, and helps to teach them the skills necessary for success later in life.
In times when other instrumental music programs are shrinking and being threatened due to budget constraints, the program at Cortland is thriving. Students are enjoying the positive educational benefits of playing in the band and orchestra. Participation is at an all t’ime high and the programs continue to grow exponentially each year.
This unprecedented success also has its challenges. Acquiring instruments for each school during these tough economic times is difficult. Not all students can afford to rent or buy an instrument and our inventory in the District is quickly shrinking with additional participation. Help keep music alive for everyone in our schools and consider donating an instrument for our students!
Perhaps you have a saxophone or trumpet in your attic that hasn’t been used in a while. Maybe you know someone who has a violin gathering dust. If you have an instrument that we could put to use, please click on the Instrument Donation form and fill out the required information to schedule a drop off of the instrument.
A school representative will send you a thank you letter documenting your donation and you will be giving the gift of music to a deserving student. Playing in the band or orchestra may have shaped who you are today. Please help us allow our students to have that same experience.