Help your favorite music educator win a spot at the 2014 GRAMMY awards

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March is Music in our Schools Month, and the GRAMMY Foundation and the Recording Academy are providing an incredible opportunity for you to publicly thank your favorite music teacher.

The organizations are partnering to present the first-ever Music Educator Award to recognize music educators for their contributions to our musical landscape and their positive influence on their students’ musical experiences.  The GRAMMY Foundation will fly one lucky winner to Los Angeles during GRAMMY week 2014, and present that person with the award along with a $10,000 honorarium.

Boyd Elementary School music teacher Deborah Howard watches the GRAMMYs every year, and says she thinks the award is long overdue.

“Lots of music teachers are unsung heroes,” stated Howard.  “Every year I watch the program, and I think about how great the artists are who are receiving the awards.  Then I wonder how they learned to play instruments, to sing, to perform.IMG_1708

“Someone had to teach them about presentation and how to understand and appreciate music,” Howard added.  “Music educators have influenced many of these entertainers, and by way of their music, that influence has positively impacted millions around the world.”

Nominees must:

  • be a current music-based teacher
  • teach in the United States
  • teach music to students in any grade from kindergarten through college, in public or private schools

Howard believes the Music Educator of the Year Award focuses on the future by celebrating what teachers are doing now.

” Amazing new artists emerge every year, and the people at the GRAMMYs organization are thinking about the great musicians of tomorrow by recognizing people who are shaping them today.  They always talk about appreciating music educators — I’m excited to see them putting their money where their mouth is.”

Anyone can nominate a teacher; in fact, teachers can even nominate themselves. The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2013.  For more information, visit www.grammymusicteacher.com.

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