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Friday, May 14, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Grammy grants will make music at local schools

Seattle Times staff reporter

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The music programs at Edmonds-Woodway, Inglemoor (Kenmore) and Kentwood high schools are Grammy-worthy.

These schools are among 41 public high schools nationwide named as Grammy Signature Schools, a program of the Grammy Foundation that recognizes a commitment to music education.

In addition to a certificate, Signature Schools receive cash grants to benefit their music programs. For Kentwood, it's a $1,000 award that will be used to purchase recording equipment and supplies, said Kurt McKee, Kentwood's choral director and music department chair.

The fact that three schools from the region made the cut is "a testament to music education in our state," McKee said.

To be considered as a Grammy Signature School, schools must first submit general information such as the type of classes offered, how many students are on free or reduced lunch, and a snapshot of the school's music program. After list is winnowed to the top 100 candidates, finalists submit a live recording that demonstrates the breadth of their music department.

McKee credits the commitment of students, staff and the community in making the music program what it is.

"It really is a partnership between good instruction, good community support and a high-level of student interest and involvement," McKee said.

Tina Potterf: 206-464-8214 or tpotterf@seattletimes.com

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