CPJMA Wins National SupportMusic Merit Award

Posted: Wednesday, April 8th 2020


Crown Point Junior Music Academy (CPJMA) has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The SupportMusic Merit Award recognizes individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, Crown Point JMA answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music-making programs.

Crown Point Junior Music Academy (CPJMA) is a neighborhood/magnet school located in Pacific Beach. CPJMA focuses on strong academics through music education, educating children to be critical thinkers and problem solvers in a highly motivating, rigorous environment where academic growth is strengthened by the integration and study of music. The school opened as a music academy in 2008.

The motto at CPJMA is "Music Opens Minds." Following that focus, music is integrated into their curriculum, for even math and science have musical connections. Music is also taught as its own discipline. Suzuki violin instruction – a proven method used worldwide based on the theory that younger children learn languages easily, including the language of music – helps children with their intellectual development as well as musical skill. Parents of beginner violinists in TK, Kinder, and 1st grade must take lessons twice a week with their child in order to be part of the violin program.

This SupportMusic Merit Award recognizes that CPJMA is leading the way nationally with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children. 

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. After two years of music education, research found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores that their less-involved peers and that students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school, but also to attend college as well. Later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound. Social benefits of music include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 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.

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