A total of 10 music teachers from 10 cities across nine states have been announced as finalists for the second annual Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. In total, more than 7,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. The 2015 award recipient will be announced in February.
Music Educator Award Finalists:
Diamond Bar High School, Diamond Bar, Calif.
Cane Bay High School, Summerville, S.C.
Windham High School, Windham, N.H.
Ed W. Clark High School, Las Vegas
Caddo Middle Magnet, Shreveport, La.
Arcadia High School, Phoenix
Springhouse/Orefield Middle Schools, Allentown, Pa.
Maplewood Middle School, Sulphur, La.
Barrington High School, Barrington, Ill.
Martin Gifted & Talented Magnet School, Raleigh, N.C.
One recipient will be selected from 10 finalists and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students' lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists also will receive matching grants.
The 2015 Music Educator Award recipient will be honored at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY Award during GRAMMY Week on Feb. 7, 2015. Kent Knappenberger of Westfield Academy and Central School in Westfield, N.Y., was the recipient of the first annual Music Educator Award.
A joint partnership of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, the Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.
Nominations for the 2016 Music Educator Award are now open at www.grammymusicteacher.com.