2015 SupportMusic Award WinnerBFCCPS receives the SupportMusic Merit Award for the fifth time

New research shows students involved with community music programs demonstrate improvement in subjects such as reading

FRANKLIN, MASSACHUSETTS; March 24, 2015 – The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School has been honored once again with the SupportMusic Merit Award from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. BFCCPS joins 120 schools across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2015.

The SupportMusic Merit Award is awarded to individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, BFCCPS 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 Center of Public Partnerships and Research, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

“BFCCPS believes that music and the arts are important in educating the whole child.  Music and the arts are infused in everyday student life here at BFCCPS” says Ben Benjamin, the BFCCPS Director of Fine and Performing Arts. “This is so important in an age where music is often cut from budgets.  Our program continues to grow.”

Receiving the NAMM Foundation’s SupportMusic Merit Award brings attention to the importance of keeping music education part of the school’s core education for all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overall success in school.

Community music programs have been drawing increased attention this school year because of a landmark study by Northwestern University brain scientists. These researchers found new links between students in community music programs and academic success in subjects such as reading.

Beyond the Northwestern study, other reports indicate that learning to play music can boost academic and social skills, such as processing math and learning to cooperate in group settings.

For more information, please contact Ben Benjamin, the Director of Fine and Performing Arts at 508-541-3434 ext. 106 or mailto:bbenjamin@bfccps.org

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About the Benjamin Franklin Charter School

The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School’s mission is to assist parents in their role as primary educators of their children by providing students with a classical academic education coupled with sound character development and community service. Our mission is supported by four distinct, yet interconnected pillars that provide for a collaborative, rigorous education for all students. These pillars guide, direct and define the school in all it does.

About The NAMM Foundation

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its nearly 9,200 members around the world. The Foundation advances 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.