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Yorkville School District's music program earns national recognition

The Yorkville High School Marching Band performed for the crowds along Game Farm Road and Somonauk Street during the annual Homecoming parade on last September.
The Yorkville High School Marching Band performed for the crowds along Game Farm Road and Somonauk Street during the annual Homecoming parade on last September.

For the third consecutive year, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation recognized Yorkville Community Unit School Disrict 115 with a Best Communities for Music Education Award for its outstanding commitment to music education.

District 115 is joined by only 19 other school districts in Illinois to receive this designation for demonstrating an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.

The NAMM Foundation’s award program distinguishes Yorkville CUSD 115 as a district that is leading the way with learning opportunities that include music and the arts as significant elements of a well-rounded education for all children.

“We are grateful to our Board of Education for its unwavering support of the fine arts in our district. We applaud the outstanding efforts of our teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community supporters for helping to realize the Board’s vision of music education as an important part of a well-rounded education in District 115,” said Superintendent Dr. Timothy Shimp. “The extensive participation in our music program is affirmation that our families value this aspect of education.”

Now in its 21st year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. 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. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, visit nammfoundation.org.

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