National Association Recognizes Locke Music Program

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This April, ninety-two schools across the country were recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for prioritizing music education in their curriculum.

Green Dot’s own Alain Leroy Locke College Preparatory Academy received the Support Music Merit Award for the second year in a row, acknowledging our commitment to ensure students have access to the widely understood benefit of music education, reinforced most recently in a Northwestern University study in collaboration with Chicago Public Schools.

The study, which furthers earlier work done in collaboration with Harmony Project in Los Angeles, confirms that student participation in music education helps improve cognitive function, discipline, and reading– specifically as it relates to sound processing in the context of language development.

The NAMM Foundation and partners at The Music Research Institute at Univerisity of Kansas select schools for the award based on annual questionnaire completion.

Green Dot Public Schools is particularly proud of the work happening within the Locke community to revitalize a music program that, in its glory years – or decades, was celebrated across the city and recognized nationally. Congratulations to music teachers, Matthew Cotton and Matthew Stickman, and the Locke Saint student musicians for this achievement.

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