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Best for music education

The Barrington 220 School District has been named one of the nation’s “Best Communities for Music Education” by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation.

Barrington 220 is one of just 19 school districts in Illinois to receive the designation, for its outstanding commitment to provide music access and education to all students.

Barrington 220 offers many opportunities for students interested in music. At the elementary level, all students participate in general music classes and have the opportunity to participate in choir, band and orchestra. At the middle school level, there are about 300 students involved in music classes and music related co-curricular activities (this includes musical productions, jazz band, etc.). At Barrington High School, about 400 students are enrolled in music classes (band, orchestra, choir). In addition, some high school co-curricular programs include: the BHS spring musical and summer musical, a cappella groups, Instrumental Ensemble Club, marching band and jazz performances.

"Music Education provides students with a 21st  century skill set that sets them up for future success,” said Brigid Tileston, Barrington 220 Director of Fine, Visual and Performing Arts. “Through music education students develop skills in the areas of creativity, collaboration, leadership, and communication.  All of these skills are necessary in an ever-changing and interactive world.”  

“Music education is so much more than teaching and learning the discipline of music,” said Amanda Wells, Barrington 220 Elementary Band Instructor.  “It is the celebration of cultures, the expression of humanity, and the aesthetic experience. Music has the ability to touch our lives everyday, whether it be singing “Happy Birthday” to your child, putting on your favorite workout playlist, or sitting in a concert hall as a performer or audience member.”

To qualify for the designation, Barrington 220 answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

About The NAMM Foundation

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. For more information, visit