For many students, music teachers are often the most impactful teacher in school. Whether it's the countless hours in rehearsal or the inspiration that music can spark, music teachers are a vehicle for student success and deserve to be recognized. This week, the GRAMMY Foundation announced the 222 quarterfinalists for the 2015 GRAMMY Music Educator Award. Music for All is proud that 11 music teachers who participate in MFA programming were honored by the GRAMMY Foundation. The GRAMMY Music Educator Award was created in 2012 to recognize current educators 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. After more than 7,000 nominations, 222 were selected as quarterfinalists. Those quarterfinalists are invited to send additional information to be considered for semifinalist, finalist and eventually the Music Educator Award recognition. Look for the seminifinalist announcement in the fall and the finalist and winning announcements in December. Finalists receive a $1,000 honorarium and the winner receives $10,000 and a trip to Los Angeles to be honored at the GRAMMY Awards next year.
Below are the 11 music teachers who participate in Music for All educational programs. If you know or were taught by any of the recognized teachers, be sure to thank them for their service!
Steven Acciani Diamond Bar H.S., CA
Neil Anderson Murrieta Valley H.S., CA
Caleb Chapman Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts, UT
Josh Chodoroff Waubonsie Valley H.S., IL
Mark De Hertogh R.L. Paschal H.S., TX
Johnnie Green Lehman H.S., TX
Randy Greenwell Lawrence Central H.S., IN
Melissa Gustafson-Hinds O'Fallon Township H.S., IL
Kyle Johnson JJ Pearce H.S., TX
Peter Sampson Whiteland Community H.S., IN
Jay Wardeska Brunswick H.S., OH
Music for All congratulates each of these educators in addition to the 211 additional honorees! You can view the entire list of honored music educators here.