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Zillah School District Recognized Nationally for

Schools’ Music Education Efforts

As One of the Best Communities for Music Education, District Heralded for Support Music Education

Zillah, Washington. (March 18, 2013) – The NAMM Foundation recognizes the Zillah School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation. Zillah joins 307 districts across the country to receive the prestigious distinction this year.

In its 14th year, Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.

The BCME survey requires districts to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

“Music is an important part of our educational program in the Zillah School District. “We look at music and the rest of the fine arts with the same importance as reading, writing, math and science.” said Superintendent, Kevin McKay.   “Having our students, staff and community recognized for their efforts and achievements in music is very rewarding.”  As Zillah finalizes its 2013–2014 budgets, the announcement of this year’s Best Communities for Music Education designation brings attention to the importance of keeping music education part of school’s core education and music’s vital role in student success in school.

The BCME designation is an important part of the NAMM Foundation’s efforts to advocate for school-based music education. Numerous studies have demonstrated that learning to play music can boost other academic and social skills, such as math and learning to cooperate in a group. The NAMM-funded Cost of Music Education study found that a comprehensive K–12 music education program cost an average of $187 per student per year in the sample district.

The Zillah School District has a tradition of excellence in music.  Both the band and choir have performed at the State Music Educators Conference, scored well at regional festivals, and placed students in Regional, State, and International Honor ensembles


For more info please contact

Jason Schoonover, Band Teacher, 509-829-5565

Michael Brant, Music Teacher, 509-829-5400

Kevin McKay, Superintendent, 509-829-5911



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