NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that Kidznotes was named a Merit Finalist award recipient in the 2016 Community Partnership Award competition.
This program is reducing the academic achievement gap through music. Launched in partnership with Durham and Wake County Public Schools in 2010, Kidznotes provides musical instruments and eight to ten hours per week of intensive instruction during the school year at no cost to children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Kidznotes uses music education to build young people's confidence and belief in themselves so that they can be successful in all areas of life. Participants perform regularly in school concerts, take field trips, participate in master classes with professional musicians and much more. An independent evaluation found that Kidznotes students demonstrated positive development across a range of indicators, including musical proficiency, academic performance and personal/social growth. "Students who participate in our program perform better when compared to their non-Kidznotes classmates in several measures, including school attendance, and literacy and math scores, while experiencing fewer disciplinary problems," said co-founder Katie Wyatt. "For example, 80% of students who spent at least a year in the program scored 'proficient' or higher in their 5th-grade end-of-year tests, versus 36% for their classroom peers." About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Since 1996, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 210 partnerships from cities and towns across America. To watch videos of all of the national award-winning programs, visit the official YouTube channel for the Mutual of America Foundation Community Partnership Award. About Mutual of America Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit mutualofamerica.com. Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121115/NY13778LOGO