Norwin School District’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition for 3rd Straight Year

For the third consecutive year, Norwin School District has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education. 

This award, sponsored by the NAMM Foundation, recognizes the Norwin community for the outstanding efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who are making music part of a well-rounded education for every child in our community. 

“We are fortunate to have a robust K-12 music education program and a community with a longstanding history of support for the arts,” said Dr. Jeff Taylor, Superintendent. “We are also grateful for our music educators, parents, and community members who support our students as they learn and grow through the Norwin music program.”

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. Some 686 school districts received the award this year.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Norwin School District answered detailed questions about 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.

“This distinction salutes the widespread commitment of our community to provide opportunities for every child to learn and grow with music,” said Mr. Brandon Kandrack, Norwin K-12 Music Department Chair. “On behalf of the music department teachers, I want to thank the entire school community for its ongoing support of music education in our district and for helping us to provide the opportunities we can for our students – especially this year, given all of its challenges.”

Mr. Kandrack also serves as Assistant Band Director / Percussion Specialist at Norwin High School and Norwin Middle School.

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. For more information about the benefits of music education, please visit the NAMM Foundation’s webpage at