Edmonds District recognized as one of ‘Best Communities for Music Education’


For the third straight year, the Edmonds School District has been recognized as one the Best Communities for Music Education in the United States by the NAMM Foundation.
“This honor reflects not only the excellence of our musical groups and instruction, but also the great district and community support that we have,” said Scott Barnes, Director of Visual and Performing Arts. 
Here are two examples that describe why the district was honored:

– Sophomore Cole Holland is one of only 10 local teenage composers who will have his music premiered by Seattle Symphony musicians tomorrow, May 10 at 8 p.m., as the culmination of the 2011 Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop. The event is free. Cole attends Edmonds-Woodway and Edmonds Heights K-12.
– Meadowdale High School’s Impressions were honored with an Outstanding High School Performance Award in the Vocal Jazz Ensemble category in the 2011 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards.

Edmonds is one of only two Washington state districts and 167 nationally to be recognized this year by NAMM. Congratulations to all our music educators!


  1. I’m a docent at the Museum of Making Music. Our family lived in Edmonds, Washington for 5 years.It’s a great little city by Puget Sound. We have friends that live there now. Glad to hear that they are really into music!


  2. Congratulations! Don’t forget to mention Mountlake Terrace High School Jazz Ensemble 1 being chosen as one of the top 15 jazz ensembles in the country to compete in the prestigious Essentially Ellington Jazz Contest in New York City. Let this be a testament to our high music values and to discourage the continued quest to cut music programs in our schools.


  3. I have been so impressed with the Music program at the Edmonds School District, especially under the direction of Mr. Madden at Alderwood Middle School! I watched him take the same students and turn a mediocre program into a fantastic one in just one year’s time. He brings out the best in our students! I’m glad to see that continue at the Lynnwood High School under Miss Stevenson.




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