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Music to the brain is what physical exercise is to the body. Music tones the brain for auditory fitness and allows it to decipher between tone and pitch. Like exercise, music is also a healthy outlet of expression. These are few of many things music education programs pride themselves on.
The Masconomet Music Parents Association (MMPA) is a non-profit corporation comprised of the parents of students enrolled in any music course at Masconomet Middle School and High School. MMPA is run by vibrant group of volunteers who seek to promote music education in the schools and local communities of Boxford, Middleton, and Topsfield, Mass. They run a number of fundraisers during the year and grant music scholarships to aspiring and talented musicians.
MMPA focuses on numerous issues that are of vital importance to the Music Department at Masconomet. These topics may include curriculum, enrollment, department budget, goals, performances, and fund-raising. MMPA’s fund-raising efforts support essential elements such as uniforms for the SHS performing ensembles, equipment, transportation, sponsoring noteworthy music workshops, funding community concerts, scholarships for private lessons and summer camps, and scholarships for graduating Masco seniors to further their musical pursuits and studies. The awards are given anually to deserving students who either play an instrument or use their voice as an instrument. Last Year, MMPA raised $10,000 and recognized 16 students.
Daniel M. Palmier, CEO of UC Funds, recently donated $5,000 to the MMPA and, as a result of his generosity, MMPA will be able to reach more music students in the Masconomet Regional High School community with awards recognizing their scholarship in the field of music. Dan Palmier is a longtime supporter of the peforming and visual arts and music education. Daniel Palmier attends many of the performances and concerts of the Masconomet Regional High School students. He is always impressed by the arresting quality of the talent and of the overall performances.
MMPA educated Palmier about its mission to support the Masconomet Regional High School Music Department by organizing student trips, both foreign and domestic, supporting student participation in district and state level music festivals and funding outreach concerts like the University of Maine Singers and New England Brass Band. MMPA helped Palmier understand the cost of music education and the few affordable op