GRAMMY Music Educator Award Recognizes 222 Outstanding Teachers
Friday, May 30, 2014

GRAMMY Music Educator Award Recognizes 222 Outstanding Teachers

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grammys2For 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.

*Any omissions from this list were unintended. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any corrections.

Seth Williams

Seth Williams is the Advocacy Coordinator at Music for All. Seth is no stranger to Music for All and Bands of America – first as a participant and as an intern in Development and Participant Relations. He is a graduate of the Butler University Jordan College of the Arts and previously worked in the Broadway theatre industry in New York. A proud alumnus of “The Centerville Jazz Band,” Seth is likely the biggest band nerd he knows.