|MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD™ SEMIFINALISTS ANNOUNCED BY THE RECORDING ACADEMY® AND GRAMMY MUSEUM®|
A total of 25 music teachers, from 25 cities across 18 states, have been announced as semifinalists for the Music Educator Award™ presented by the Recording Academy® and GRAMMY Museum®. In total, more than 1,205 initial nominations were submitted from 47 states. Nominations for the 2024 Music Educator Award are now open at grammymusicteacher.com.
The Music Educator Award recognizes current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the music education field and demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. The recipient will be recognized during GRAMMY® Week 2023.
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 finalists will be announced in December. For more information, please visit grammymusicteacher.com.
Name School City State
Phil Aguglia Kenmore East High School Tonawanda New York
William Bennett Cane Bay High School Summerville South Carolina
Ryan Bulgarelli Loyalsock Township School District Williamsport Pennsylvania
Aaron Bush Foxborough High School Foxborough Massachusetts
Ernesta Chicklowski Roosevelt Elementary Tampa Florida
Cory Joy Craig Benton Intermediate School Benton Louisiana
Christine Cumberledge Central Junior High School Euless Texas
David Davis Park Spanish Immersion Elementary
School St. Louis Park Minnesota
Pamela Dawson DeSoto High School DeSoto Texas
Antoine Dolberry P.S. 103 Hector Fontanez School Bronx New York
Jack A. Eaddy, Jr. Western Carolina University Cullowhee North Carolina
Marisa Frank Explore! Community School Nashville Tennessee
Jorge L. Garcia Elias Herrera Middle School Laredo Texas
Kevin McDonald Wellesley High School Wellesley Massachusetts
Matthew McKagan Lindero Canyon Middle School Agoura Hills California
Brian McMath Northwest Guilford High School Greensboro North Carolina
Trevor Nicholas Senn Arts at Nicholas Senn High School Chicago Illinois
Bethany Robinson Noblesville High School Noblesville Indiana
Matthew Shephard Meridian Early College High School Sanford Michigan
Katie Silcott Olentangy Shanahan Middle School Lewis Center Ohio
Tony Small Pallotti Arts Academy Laurel Maryland
Patrick Smith Cooperative Arts and Humanities
Magnet High School New Haven Connecticut
Wayne Splettstoeszer Torrington High School Torrington Connecticut
Alice Tsui New Bridges Elementary Brooklyn New York
Tammy Yi Chapman University Orange California
|ABOUT THE RECORDING ACADEMY|
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