Edmonds School District named one of the ‘Best Communities for Music Education’


The Edmonds School District has once again been recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” in 2019.

This award recognizes not only musical excellence, but also outstanding teaching, district leadership and support, and community engagement and support. This is the 11th consecutive year the district has been awarded this honor, and 13th time overall.

“Please join me in congratulating our outstanding music teachers districtwide,” said Scott Barnes, the district’s manager of visual and performing arts. “They do incredible work, and help to change lives one note at a time.”

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

Everyday listening skills are stronger in musically-trained children that 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. 

2 Replies to “Edmonds School District named one of the ‘Best Communities for Music Education’”

  1. How I wish the district would fund a music program at Scriber Lake High School. Our kids are so very talented and passionate, but we have to rely on the generosity of our larger community, and/or find time to write grants, to get a crumb from this banquet feast. Heartfelt thanks to our guardian angels in Rotary who have helped us provide at least a little music for our kids!


  2. If I remember correctly, I think this great music history goes way back to Frank DeMiero. What a guy!

    Carolyn Acheson


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