Music Program Receives National Recognition

Music Program Receives National Recognition
Posted on 04/06/2017
2017 Best Communities for Music Education

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Northbrook District 28 has been awarded the Best Communities for Music Education Designation for the third year in a row.

The designation is awarded by the National Association of Music Merchants to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify, District 28 answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs.

"Being a three-time award winner for the Best Communities for Music Education Designation is an impressive honor for our community and the music educators who pour their hearts and souls into providing an educational program that inspires and encourages each child while building a love and appreciation for music that will last a lifetime," said Superintendent Dr. Larry Hewitt.  

 “This recognition is made possible by the outstanding support for music education in District 28 by the administration, faculty, and - most importantly - the community, including our parents and students,” said band director Greg Scapillato. 

Northbrook District 28 is one of the 11 school districts in the state of Illinois to receive the designation this year. Over 2,000 school districts and schools participate in the survey each year; 527 school districts across the country received the BCME designation for 2017.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization, supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its nearly 9,000 members around the world.  Its mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs, according to its website, nammfoundation.org.


Beginning orchestra

Beginning orchestra performs under the direction of Mrs. Stanley in December. The music program includes orchestra beginning in third grade, band beginning in fourth grade and chorus in junior high. K-5 students also receive weekly music education classes.