The GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present their first-ever Music Educator Award. The award is open to U.S.-based music teachers from kindergarten through college, in public and private schools. Anyone can nominate a teacher, and teachers may nominate themselves. Nominated teachers will be notified and invited to complete an application.
April 15, 2013 is the deadline for nominations.
Here are more details from the press release:
For every performer who makes it to the GRAMMY stage, there was a teacher who played a critical role in getting them there. And really, that’s true for all of us who are making music today. Maybe they introduced you to your first instrument. Or they showed you how to get over your stage fright. Or maybe they just inspired you to have the confidence to go for it when you were ready to give up.
It’s time to say thank you to ALL of those teachers who put in ALL of those hours to make sure that ALL of us love and play music today! And who better to do that than the people who bring you the GRAMMY Awards?
We’ll select 10 finalists including one winner each year to be recognized for their remarkable impact. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the Award and attend the GRAMMYs, plus pick up a $10,000 honorarium. All finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium as well.
Make your thanks real by nominating your teacher today!
Who is Eligible?
Current educators in the U.S., who teach music in public or private schools, Kindergarten through College. Teachers in after-school, private studios, or other educational settings are not eligible.
Who can Nominate?
- Music Teachers
- School Administrators
- Students, Parents and Everybody Else
- Recording Academy Members
Current elected leaders and staff of the Recording Academy and its affiliates are not eligible to apply.
For more information on evaluation criteria and process, please click here.
The facts about the importance of music education don’t lie. Here are a few we think are important:
- Students in high-quality school music programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of the school or school district.
- Schools that have music programs have significantly higher attendance rates than do those without programs (93.3 percent as compared to 84.9 percent).
- Schools that have music programs have significantly higher graduation rates than do those without music programs (90.2 percent as compared to 72.9 percent). In addition, those that rate their programs as “excellent or very good” have an even higher graduation rate (90.9 percent).
- The combined results of 30 studies indicate that music instruction is linked to significantly improved reading skills.
The GRAMMY’s Music Educator Award is supported by the NAMM Foundation and the National Association for Music Education.
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