Ida Daniel Dark

For Ida Daniel Dark, the charge to mold the minds of
children toward an intellectual, social and ethical maturity is one of
the greatest responsibilities a human can undertake. To influence
attitudes, values and realities places the teacher on an important rung
of the developmental ladder of human growth. Dark believes that
excellence in education is crucial to maintaining a strong democracy and
competitive economy, and is the primary means of solving the problems
plaguing America today.

Ida Daniel Dark began her career as an educator in 1962 as a vocal
music teacher with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, North
Carolina. In 1967, she joined the Yonkers, New York Public Schools as
an elementary vocal music teacher. In 1972, she became a music
specialist, responsible for the music program for 13 to 18 year old
juvenile delinquent boys for the North Carolina Department of
Rehabilitation and Control. Since 1974, Ida Daniel Dark has taught music
to special education and regular education elementary children in the
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Public School System. In addition to these
responsibilities, she is an adjunct faculty member in the music
department at Temple University.

Dark received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Hampton University
in 1962. She then received a Master of Arts Degree in 1967 and a Master
of Education Degree in 1971, both from the Teachers College of Columbia
University. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 1985 from
Combs College of Music. Ida Daniel Dark is a board-certified registered
music therapist and holds additional certifications in special education
and administration and supervision of music.

Special Recognition

1985 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year

National Conference of Christians and Jews Award for Service to Youth Education

Ruth Jewell Memorial Award for Superior Achievement in Music
Education as recognized by the National Council of State Supervisors of

Member of the National Board of Directors of “Very Special Arts”

Named to the “Gallery of Greats” of Black Educators in Washington, DC

Beta Eta Boule Award for Meritorious Service to Children and Youth
Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Education from Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity

Recognition in the Rose Garden of the White House by President Bill
Clinton and Secretary of Education Richard Riley for Induction into the
National Teachers Hall of Fame