Public School Districts with Modern Band Programming
Modern Band programming has been officially adopted in many of the nation’s largest school systems. New York City Department of Education, Los Angeles Unified School District, Chicago Public Schools and the Dallas Independent School District have modern band available for their 2.2 million school age students for K-12. At the secondary level, Modern Bands can be found as regular, honors, non-audition and audition ensembles.
Teacher Education and Modern Band
Modern Band training is included in many teacher education programs at colleges and universities. It is incorporated into existing methods classes, offered as a stand-alone course, covered in summer symposia, and is an ongoing topic of conversation in higher education classes around the country. A growing number of diverse public and private colleges and universities are part of an expanding pool of institutions that either currently utilize the frame of Modern Band in their teacher education programs, or are exploring its utility for the purpose of propagating and scaling popular music education within their teacher education offerings.
The Nation’s Largest Modern Band Program
Building on the success and popularity of Modern Band programs in public schools throughout New York City, in 2014 the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) announced its intention to expand Modern Band programs to be in 600 of its schools by the end of 2016, with more than 60% of the district’s certified music teachers offering it at their schools. This special program has already impacted over 300 NYC programs.
This landmark build-out of the NYCDOE’s Modern Band programs is being facilitated by its own significant investment of teacher hours and through special support from Berklee College of Music, the original trailblazer in the field of popular music instruction, and Little Kids Rock, the nation’s leading provider of Modern Band professional development and instruments for in-service teachers. The joint venture is called Amp Up NYC and it is making a very large donation of Modern Band teacher training, curricular resources, and instruments available to NYCDOE schools.