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    NAMM Foundation Boosts Music Education in High-Risk Schools

    Grants totaling $142,550 support budding arts programs designed to help turnaround low-achieving schools

     

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    Carlsbad, Calif. (March 7, 2016)--Music education opportunity is expanding in 19 of the nation’s most high-risk schools and districts thanks in part to ongoing Turnaround Arts support from the NAMM Foundation. Grants to the tune of $142,550 for musical instruments and music classroom materials support the current group of Turnaround Arts schools; the NAMM Foundation has awarded music education grants to all Turnaround Arts schools since its beginning in 2010. Turnaround Arts, a President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) program, is a public-private partnership that uses the arts to help narrow the achievement gap, increase student engagement and improve the culture and climate in the country’s highest poverty schools.

    “We are grateful for the dedication of the administrators, teachers and parents in the Turnaround Arts schools and their efforts to create a new and better learning for students,” said NAMM Foundation Director, Mary Luehrsen. “NAMM members are engaged with many of these schools, providing instruments and repairs, and the energy that results from the opportunities for these students to have music in their curriculum is overwhelmingly positive. We are honored to be involved in this important effort and are inspired to witness the schools’ ability to change and grow with music.”

    Research, conducted with support from the NAMM Foundation, reveals that between 2011 and 2014, students at Turnaround Arts schools demonstrated significant progress in student achievement. Of the eight observed schools, seven improved their overall reading proficiency rates and six improved their math proficiency rates. Half of the observed schools improved their attendance rates significantly. And more than half of the schools dramatically reduced suspensions. Click here for an overview of the research findings or here for the full report.

    “Students at some of the country’s highest need schools are now experiencing the power of music thanks to the NAMM Foundation’s steadfast support for the burgeoning music programs at Turnaround Arts schools,” said Kathy Fletcher, Turnaround Arts National Director. “Through these grants, the NAMM Foundation has helped to create keyboard labs, mariachi bands, drumming groups, rock bands and most importantly given kids that wouldn’t otherwise have access to quality music education in school, a chance to play.”

    Turnaround Arts started as a pilot program in eight “turnaround schools,” public schools in the lowest-performing five percent of their state that are receiving School Improvement Grants through the U.S. Department of Education. Showing impressive progress, Turnaround Arts is now in 49 schools and 27 school districts in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Oregon and Washington D.C., with plans to continue expanding.

    Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation has again assisted NAMM with the grant review and will provide technical support to the schools in implementing their music programs. NAMM Foundation’s philanthropic efforts such as this are supported in part by the global music product industry’s support of NAMM Shows and membership in NAMM.

    BARNUM SCHOOL

    BRIDGEPORT

    CT

    MARY M. BETHUNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

    HOLLYWOOD

    FL

    MOTEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

    DC

    TURNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

    DC

    BUNKER HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

    DC

    NOYES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

    DC

    DVORAK TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    CHICAGO

    IL

    HALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    BRIDGEPORT

    CT

    HALLEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    BRIDGEPORT

    CT

    JETTIE S. TISDALE SCHOOL

    BRIDGEPORT

    CT

    KALIHI-KAI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    HONOLULU

    HI

    KAMAILE ACADEMY PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL

    WAIANAE

    HI

    LAKE FOREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    PEMBROKE PARK

    FL

    RENEW MCDONOGH CITY PARK ACADEMY

    NEW ORLEANS

    LA

    EBBETS FIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL

    BROOKLYN

    NY

    P.S. 284 GREGORY JACKSON COMMUNITY SCHOOL

    BROOKLYN

    NY

    P.S. 165 IDA POSNER

    BROOKLYN

    NY

    WAI’ANAE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    WAIANAE

    HI

    WALKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    FORT LAUDERDALE

    FL

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    About NAMM Foundation

    The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 member companies around the world. The NAMM Foundation works to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.



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