Best Communities for Music Education
  • Welcome to the Instrumental and Choral Music Program!

    For the third year in a row, Northbrook District 28 received the Best Communities for Music Education award by the National Association of Music Merchants.

    Reopening 2020

    We are excited to share that the District 28 Music band, orchestra, and choir programs will be available for your child this school year - whether you choose in-person learning, or remote learning for your child. This includes recruiting activities for returning students, as well as new students interested in starting a band or orchestra instrument, or sing in a choir for the first time.

    The band, orchestra, and choir teachers are working with school principals and other District 28 administrators to fine tune all the details. We are confident that our programs can provide safe and meaningful learning activities for your child that follow the guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Illinois State Board of Education, and professional music education organizations.

    Find answers to your questions in our Music Parent FAQ.

    Instrumental Music

    The purpose of music education is to engage students in performing, creating and responding through music. Music education is a vehicle to learning the joy of sharing and making music with others, and a source of inspiration and enthusiasm for individual growth. Appreciation and involvement in music is a lifelong process. Orchestra begins in third grade and band begins in fourth grade.

    Enduring Understandings

    Students will understand...
    • that music connects lives.
    • that music has a role in the human experience of all cultures.
    • that music is a language common to people and cultures everywhere.
    • that music has an intrinsic ability to affect emotion in people.
    • that music is an integral aspect of the human experience and a part of every society and culture on our planet.
    • that learning to perform on a musical instrument at an early age can enhance lifelong learning.

    The school district recognizes that a private / semi-private lesson approach is the best format to reach this goal, and this is the primary component of the program.
    Orchestra instruments are available to students in grades 3-8 and Band instruments are available to students in grades 4-8.

    Choral Music - Elementary Level

    The study of choral music is incorporated into the general music program in all of the elementary schools. All students are offered the opportunity to participate in and experience choral music and performing during the Winter Sing. Each elementary school produces an age-appropriate musical during the spring.

    Winter Sing Curriculum(Revised in 2011)

    Choral Music - Junior High Level

    Students have the opportunity to join the 6th Grade Chorus, which meets twice a week during lunch and performs in three school concerts each year. The chorus is open to all sixth-grade students and builds a foundation of singing and performance skills.
    Seventh- and eighth-grade students have the opportunity to audition for the Northbrook Junior High Concert Choir. Students in the choir explore a variety of different musical styles and learn advanced multi-part harmonies.

    Music Parents Club

    The Music Parents Club includes all parents whose children participate in music programs in District 28. The Club's fundraising activities support enrichment activities for students across the music curriculum.
    Learn more about Music Parents Club