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Music still going strong in Washington classrooms

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Thousands of musicians and music educators were in Yakima this weekend for an annual conference and concert.

The Washington Music Educators Association uses the annual conference to work with its educators on professional development.

The event brought out 1,200 teachers from around the state. They attend several workshops and speaker sessions throughout the weekend all culminating in a concert, put on by many of their students.

In fact, another 1,600 performers were also in town over the weekend for the All-State concerts.

WMEA President, Kevin Paustian says that even with the tough economy, and some cuts to their programs, music classrooms around the state continue to grow.

"Our state is one of the nation leading as far as student involvement. We have a lot of really big music programs around the state, even in some small schools," said Paustian.

Locally, music educators agree. They say programs around the Yakima Valley are getting stronger, with better teachers coming here to help boost our programs.
The WMEA is also continuing to advocate for music around the state. Their latest project, proposed license plates that you can buy. Some of that money goes right back into music classrooms across our area.