The recording academy has opened up nominations for the fifth annual Music Educator Award. The prize, which includes a trip to next year’s Grammys, goes to an American music teacher from kindergarten through college. The deadline for submitting the online application is March 31, 2017.
The selection committee is looking for someone who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrates a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in schools.
This year’s winner was Keith Hancock of Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. The awards drew applications from all 50 states. The 10 finalists were from 10 cities across seven states. Each received a $1,000 honorarium, and their schools received matching grants. This year, an additional 15 semi-finalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants.
The honorariums and grants are provided by Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company Fund, and Journeys. And the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the NAMM Foundation, and the National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies.