Burlington Public Schools in Burlington, MA was the second stop on the Fall 2014 NAMM Foundation/John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Tour. Burlington Public Schools won the opportunity to host a SupportMusic Coalition Community Forum in The John Edward Fogelberg Performing Arts Center on September 26, 2014 with the winning video that answered the question, “What Makes Music Education Great in your School or District?” Burlington Public Schools’ Assistant Superintendent Patrick Larkin welcomed the audience and noted, “Music allows us to celebrate and preserve our cultural heritages, and also to explore the realms of expression, imagination, and creation, resulting in new knowledge…” Panelists included community, educational, and governmental leaders, and the discussion was centered on the importance of maintaining a strong music education program.
Local community leaders and state officials showed their support of the Burlington Public Schools music program in a jam-packed session that covered funding and the positive impact of receiving strong support from school administrators and local, state and federal government officials. Massachusetts State Representative Ken Gordon praised Burlington Public Schools music program, and personally invited Burlington High School graduate Pranav Menon—who made the winning video—to visit the House of Representatives. Rep. Gordon then presented letters of commendation to Superintendent Larkin from the House of Representatives and from Senator Elizabeth Warren. Local community leaders from the Town Council and the Burlington Board of Selectman reaffirmed their commitment to keep funding music education programs on their agendas. All in attendance praised Performing Arts Director John Middleton-Cox for his commitment and outstanding achievement in music education. Middleton-Cox, a panelist, also organized six student performances throughout the forum, including an explosive opening drum line entrance followed by the mixed chorus singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The forum closed with the surprise presentation of donated instruments from NAMM Members, including products from Epiphone, Yamaha, Audio-Technica, Mackie, IK Multimedia, Neutrik and Genelec.
This event was sponsored by The NAMM Foundation and produced by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. NAMM Foundation Executive Director, Mary Luehrsen hosted the event along with long-time NAMM Members Jerry Murphy and Jeremy Moccia of M. Steinert & Sons. Do not miss the next Community Forum, which takes place in Springfield, PA on October 15th! Learn more and RSVP here.