What is the connection between “modern band” and Music Will?
Modern band is a new kind of school music program. It teaches students to play, perform, improvise and compose using popular genres that the students themselves select. Modern band focuses on rock, pop, Latin, rap, R & B—and any other popular styles as they emerge.
Music Will invented and introduced modern band programming to US public schools in 2011. We did this together with school districts that believed that students who’d never signed up for music class before would flock to a program like modern band. And the students did!
Today, school districts across the country turn to Music Will to help them build their own modern band programs. The impact on music education has been huge: modern band has become a movement! Over 70 colleges and universities now offer coursework in modern band and the Music Will approach.
In 2020, the State Department of Education of California wrote modern band into their Arts Framework, noting that “Modern band students are able to see themselves reflected in the curriculum and are culturally validated as the music is representative of their own identity.”
That’s music to our ears!