District 25 recognized for its music education
Arlington Heights School District 25 has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.
"This recognition is due to District 25's dedication to music education," said Dr. Lori Bein, superintendent of schools in District 25. "Our teachers, staff members, and our partner Music for Youth support our students, day in and day out, as they passionately pursue their musical interests."
Now in its 23rd 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, District 25 answered detailed questions about 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.
"Music enriches the lives of everyone who allows it to, and we feel, in District 25, that music can enrich the learning experiences of our students," Bein said.
Every student in District 25 is introduced to music in elementary school in their music class by their music teacher. If a child or family has an interest in extending their music education by learning a string instrument, they can opt to join Music for Youth.
Music for Youth is a stringed instrument program that has been partially funded by District 25 for more than 40 years. It is a tuition-based program available to students in all nine District 25 schools from kindergarten through grade eight.
Music for Youth provides an instructionally sound, cost-effective addition to District 25's music program.
Beginning in fifth grade, District 25 students have the opportunity to join the district's band program. This offers students the chance to participate in a variety of ensembles that perform a wide range of music.
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the life span by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.
For more information about The NAMM Foundation, visit www.nammfoundation.org.