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GRAMMY Museum Announces Quarterfinalists For Music Educator Award
The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum's annual Music Educator Award is entering its 6th year, and on June 11 the organizations announced 188 quarterfinalist selections for 2019, representing 171 cities and chosen from more than 2,800 nominations.
Quarterfinalists learned the good news over the weekend, and social media has been lighting up with schools excited to learn they are in the running. Before winning in 2018, Melissa Salguero was a 2017 semifinalist herself.
"I really struggled with school when I was little. I wasn't really confident in myself. I was so shy and I didn't believe I could do anything," said the 2018 MEA recipient Melissa Salguero about her own elementary-school music teacher and mentor, Miss Bower. "She taught me to believe in myself and it really sparked a passion for helping other people."
From this pool of 188, a total of 25 semifinalists will be announced in September. Of those, 10 will move on to the final round and the other 15 will each receive a $500 honorarium. The 9 finalists who are not selected for the MEA will each receive an honorarium of $1,000. Matching grants to the schools are generously provided by the Ford Motor Company Fund.
The winner of the 2019 Music Educator Award will receive a $10,000 honorarium, a matching grant for their school, and in addition to being honored personally will participate in GRAMMY Week for the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards celebration.
"This is one of the most epic moments of my life," said Salguero when she accepted hers.
Music teachers are uniquely equipped to change lives through the power of music. This special recognition gives music's community a chance to help a few of the best be even better equipped to plant the seeds that grow into a lifelong love of music for many and even into careers for some students.