The Recording Academy And GRAMMY Museum Announce 10 Local Teachers As 2021 Music Educator Award Finalists

The Music Educator Award recognizes 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

The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum have announced a total of 10 music teachers from 10 cities across 8 states as finalists for the Music Educator Award. In total, more than 1,989 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. Nominations for the 2022 Music Educator Award are now open at www.grammymusicteacher.com.

A complete list of finalists below:

NameSchoolCityState
Justin AntosDwight D. Eisenhower High SchoolFrankfortIll.
Stephen CoxEastland High SchoolEastlandTexas
Pamela DawsonDeSoto High SchoolDeSotoTexas
Michelle FoltaColumbus State UniversityColumbusGa.
Elizabeth HeringChurchill High SchoolLivoniaMi.
Chris MaunuArvada West High SchoolArvadaColo.
Brian McMathNorthwest Guilford High SchoolGreensboroN.C.
Jeffrey MurdockThe University of ArkansasFayettevilleArk.
Lynne RudaLancaster High SchoolLancasterN.Y.
Donald WalterNorthwest Guilford Middle School and Northwest Guilford High SchoolOak RidgeN.C.

The Music Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum,  recognizes 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. The recipient will be recognized during GRAMMY Week 2021. 

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. They will receive a $10,000 honorarium and matching grant for their school’s music program. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium and matching grants. The remaining 15 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.

The Music Educator Award recipient will be announced during GRAMMY Week in January 2021. For more information, please visit www.grammymusicteacher.com.

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