National music foundation recognizes Yorkville School District for a fourth time

For the fourth consecutive year, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has recognized Yorkville School District 115 with a Best Communities for Music Education Award for its commitment to music education.

District 115 is joined by only 14 other school districts in Illinois to receive the designation for demonstrating an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.

This year’s application process focused on innovation and instruction during the pandemic.

The NAMM Foundation’s award program distinguishes the Yorkville School District 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. This accomplishment is magnified due to the challenges we face during the last 12 months to think differently and embrace creativity and flexibility. I am extremely proud of all the members of our music department who served as innovative leaders in time so very unique to us all,” said Superintendent Dr. Tim Shimp in a statement.

Now in its 22nd 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.