CCSD93 Band Program

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Band in CCSD93

Band is offered 5th through 8th grade at Community Consolidated School District (CCSD) 93.

​In 2014, CCSD 93 was ranked a "Best Community for Music Education"!

Why Join Band?

There are so many wonderful reasons to join our band program. Having the skill to play a musical instrument has been one of the most cherished accomplishments throughout history. Students who decide to learn to to play an instrument can use this skill and knowledge for the rest of their lives. There is nothing like the joy of performing music with friends. It happens every day in schools and continues for adults who still to play in community bands and professional orchestras. In all cases, performing music can be an exhilarating experience.

Aside from the obvious benefits of playing a musical instrument, there are a number of surprising academic benefits to students who study music. Students who take lessons on an instrument at a young age stimulate the brain in a unique way. Studies have shown that learning to play an instrument enhances a student's academic performance in math, language arts, foreign language and other areas. Even standardized test scores such as the SAT are higher among musicians.

Whatever the reason, playing an instrument can bring joy and fulfillment like no other activity. The most common remark from parents following a wonderful school concert is, "I wish my parents would have encouraged me to play an instrument and stick with it."


Research Suggests Positive Impact of Music Education,” U.S. Department of Education, 19 July 2013.​

Blake Madden, “Why Music Education Really Matters,” Trust Me I’m a Scientist blog, 3 February 2014.

Jason Chuong, “Drumming to Success: Why Teaching Music Matters,” Huffington Post, 22 November 2013.

Karen Chan Barrett, Richard Ashley, Dana L. Strait, and Nina Kraus, “Art and Science: How Musical Training Shapes the Brain,” Frontiers in Psychology, 16 October 2013. (Note page 7 especially.)

Tom Jacobs, “Music Lessons Boost Emotional, Intellectual Development,” Pacific Standard, 3 December 2013.

Why Music?


Music Education and Brain Development

Music Education and Math/Spatial Reasoning

Music Education and Reading/Verbal Skills

Music Education and Academic Achievement

Music Education and Successful Schools

Music Education and Social and Emotional Development

Pull-Out Music Programs & Academic Acheivement

The National Art Education Association lists these 10 Lessons the Arts Teach:

  1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
  2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
  3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
  4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.
  5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know.
  6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
  7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
  8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
  9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
  10. The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.

SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications.

In the book Why Our Schools Need the Arts (2007), Jessica Hoffmann Davis lists 5 unique features of the arts. More information is available in Hickman’s book review.

  1. Tangible product: Imagination and Agency
  2. Focus on emotion: Expression and Empathy
  3. Ambiguity: Interpretation and Respect
  4. Process orientation: Inquiry and Reflection
  5. Connection: Engagement and Responsibility