Music Program Receives National Recognition

Music Program Receives National Recognition
Posted on 04/09/2020
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Northbrook District 28 has again been recognized with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The District has received this prestigious designation five times.
District 28 is one of just 19 districts in Illinois and 754 schools and/or districts nationwide to receive this award in 2020.

“Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education,” NAMM states in its award announcement.
“This recognition from the NAMM Foundation comes at a critical time for all of us,” said Band Director Greg Scapillato. “The strength of our community is being recognized. The support for music education in our community has meant that we have a bond that is not limited by social distancing, connecting us in a way that can sustain and support. Our students are more resilient, more caring, and more expressive as a result of the role music education has played for so long in our community.”

The Northbrook District 28 instrumental music program has four concert bands, beginning with 4th grade, and five orchestras, beginning in third grade. The choral ensembles begin in 6th grade, and rehearse during lunch periods or before school. This year, a district-wide children’s choir for third-fifth grades was added as an after-school activity. Between the bands, choirs, and orchestras, over 700 students are involved in the performing ensembles in District 28.

In addition, music education is part of every District 28 student’s education, beginning in kindergarten with certified music educators working with students 60 minutes a week. All K-5 students are involved in creating, performing, and responding to music. Kindergarten students perform for their parents, while grades 1-4 perform in the Winter Sings and all 5th grade students participate in annual spring musicals. The Music Parents Club holds one fund-raiser a year and provides funding for professional musician clinics, band uniforms, concert performance attire, and cultural field trips.

“Music is an integral and indispensable part of our educational program - it’s good for our children’s brains, and it’s good for their souls,” said Dr. Larry Hewitt, Superintendent.