James J. Chittick Elementary School
154 Ruskindale Road, Mattapan, MA 02126
James J. Chittick Elementary School (a Boston Public School) is our main partner site. Begun in 2007 by the Boston Public Quartet, our permanent residency at the Chittick School provides intensive mentoring and community building through violin, viola and cello lessons taught within a chamber music model. The BPQ also provides classroom workshops coordinated with academic and arts curriculum, designed to augment a general music program, which we hope the Chittick School will one day have.
With about 84% of the student population at the Chittick School qualifying for free/reduced price lunch, offering opportunities that are free of cost is crucial. The Chittick School population of 291 students in grades K-5 do not have general music or visual arts.
musiConnects at the Chittick School
"musiConnects is a wonderful opportunity for our students and our school community. Learning to play a musical instrument helps students to develop faster: physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. The one-on-one music lessons have helped our students to thrive. Research indicates that music instruction promotes academic achievement and we are able to see our students that participate in the program succeed in their other academic subjects. We are very proud of our partnership with the BPQ Residency as we work collaboratively to support the growth of our children."
— Michelle Burnett-Herndon, Principal