25 SEMIFINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD™ PRESENTED BY THE RECORDING ACADEMY™ AND THE GRAMMY MUSEUM®

RECIPIENT, FINALISTS, AND SEMIFINALISTS TO RECEIVE CASH HONORARIUMS, WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT AND RESOURCES PROVIDED BY THE GRAMMY MUSEUM®'S EDUCATION CHAMPION: FORD MOTOR COMPANY FUND

WHO:           
A total of 25 music teachers from 25 cities across 17 states have been announced as semifinalists for the Music Educator Award™ presented by the Recording Academy™ and the GRAMMY Museum. Initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. A complete list of semifinalists is below.

WHAT:           
 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. A joint partnership and presentation of the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Museum, the recipient will be recognized during GRAMMY® Week 2018. Nominations and applications for the 2019 Music Educator Award are now open via www.grammymusicteacher.com.

The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher—students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application.

Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their remarkable impact on students' lives. The fifth annual honoree will be flown to New York to attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards® and a range of GRAMMY Week events. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.

Fifteen semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants. The matching grants provided to the schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Museum's Education Champion: Ford Motor Company Fund. In addition, the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies.

WHEN:           
The finalists will be announced in December. For more information, please visit www.grammymusicteacher.com.

Name                                      School Name                                                City                               State

Bonnie Anderson                    Coronado Village Elementary                         Universal City              Texas

Pamela Andrews                     Station Camp Elementary School                   Gallatin                        Tenn.

Drew Benware                        Saranac Lake High School                             Saranac Lake              N.Y.

John Churchville                     Go Like The Wind Elementary School            Ann Arbor                    Mich.

Victor de los Santos                Santa Ana High School                                  Santa Ana                   Calif.

Michelle Droe                          Lincoln Elementary                                         Cedar Falls                  Iowa

Dale Duncan                           Henderson Middle School                               Atlanta                         Ga.

Curtis Gaesser                        Folsom High School                                        Folsom                        Calif.

Ralph Jackson                        Bridle Path Elementary School                       Lansdale                     Pa.

Brandi Jason                           Liberty High School                                         Eldersburg                   Md.

Mike Kurilko                            Trenton High School                                       Trenton                        Mich.

Kate Margrave                         Pine Creek High School                                 Colorado Springs        Colo.

Chris Maunu                            Arvada West High School                               Arvada                         Colo.

Darren McCoy                         Oak Harbor High School                                 Oak Harbor                 Wash.

Aaron Rex                               Jackson High School                                      Jackson                       Ohio

David Reynolds Jr.                  Vienna Elementary School                             Vienna                         Va.

David Rhen                             Towson High School                                       Towson                       Md.

Melissa Salguero                    P.S. 48 Joseph R. Drake                                Bronx                           N.Y.

Bonnie Scholz                         Pius XI Catholic High School                          Milwaukee                   Wis.

Joani Slawson                         Saturn Elementary                                          Cocoa                          Fla.

Laura Steigerwald McCoy       St. Joseph Central Elementary School            Fort Wayne                 Ind.

Amy J. Steiner                        Hutchinson Central Technical High School       Buffalo                         N.Y.

Vicky Stockton                        New York State School for the Deaf               Rome                          N.Y.

James Yaques                        Palm Beach Central High School                   Wellington                   Fla.

Davey Yarborough                  Duke Ellington School of the Arts                   Washington                 D.C.

 

ABOUT THE RECORDING ACADEMY
The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards—music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators. For more information about the Recording Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, "like" Recording Academy / GRAMMYs on Facebook, and join the Recording Academy's social communities on Google+, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube.

ABOUT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM
Established in 2008 as a partnership between the Recording Academy and AEG, the GRAMMY Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity. In 2017, the Museum integrated with its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation®, to broaden the reach of its music education and preservation initiatives. As a unified organization, today, the GRAMMY Museum fulfills its mission of making music a valued and indelible part of our society through exhibits, education, grants, and public programming.

For more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org, "like" the GRAMMY Museum on Facebook, and follow @GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.
 

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY FUND
Ford Motor Company Fund is the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. Established in 1949, Ford Fund invests in transformational programs that advance innovation, empower people, promote social mobility, and improve community prosperity. Ford Fund works with local and global partners to create opportunities in education, encourage safe driving, enlist employee volunteers, and enrich community life. Ford Fund's signature programs include Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford College Community Challenge, Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Driving Skills for Life, Ford Next Generation Learning, and the Ford Volunteer Corps. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com, or join us on Facebook @FordFund and Twitter @FordFund.

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CONTACTS

Christina Cassidy
Communications Director
T. 310.581.8670
christina.cassidy@grammy.com
 

Derek Spencer
Sr. Project Coordinator, Education & Grants
T. 310.581.1260
derek.spencer@grammy.com

 

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