Franklin Regional School District’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

Franklin Regional School District’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

District Earns NAMM Award for 2nd Consecutive Year


Murrysville, PA ~ Franklin Regional School District (FRSD) has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education from The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Now in its 21st year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.


To qualify for the Best Communities designation, FR 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 Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.


“This award is a testament to the dedication of our music educators, students, family, and entire community.   Their collective commitment to providing world-class experiences for our students ensures that Fine and Performing Arts Education remains vibrant and alive in Franklin Regional,” said Dr. Gennaro R. Piraino, Jr., Superintendent of Schools. “Music education, in particular, helps children develop cognitive learning and social skills while helping them become well-rounded adults. Earning this award for two consecutive years demonstrates the positive and lasting impact that our music program is having not only on our students but on the communities we serve.”


Franklin Regional offers an array of music education programs for students of all grade levels such as Marching Band, orchestra, strings, Jazz band, wind ensemble, concert band, guitar, vocal jazz, chorus, and choir.


Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational, cognitive and social skills benefits for children who make music. After two years of music education, researchers found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading than their less-involved peers.  Students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school and attend college as well.


Everyday listening skills are stronger in musically trained children than in those without music training. Significantly, listening skills are closely tied to the ability to perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention, and keep sounds in memory.


Later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound. Young adults and even older adults who have not played an instrument for up to 50 years show enhanced neural processing compared to their peers. Not to mention the social benefits such as conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and the ability to give and receive constructive criticism.


A 2015 study supported by The NAMM Foundation, “Striking A Chord,” also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.



The NAMM Foundation

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is 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 a person’s lifespan, by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit