Yorkville School District 115 has been honored with a "Best Communities for Music Education" designation for its outstanding commitment to music education. District 115 is joined by only nine other districts in Illinois to receive this designation for demonstrating an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.
The NAMM Foundation’s award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education.
“Yorkville CUSD 115 strives to provide high-quality experiences in the fine arts as part of our overall mission to educate our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Timothy Shimp in a statement issued by the district. “The extensive participation in our music program is affirmation that our families value this aspect of education.”
To qualify for the Best Communities designation, a district must meet certain thresholds regarding funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs.
The Best Communities for Music Education award recognizes that Yorkville CUSD 115 is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.
Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. In a series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University, a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the university, it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood. Other studies have indicated that music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving, and flexibility in work situations, as well learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel.