Eight of Ten GRAMMY Music Educator Finalists for 2021
Are NAfME Members

Jeffrey Murdock was named the 2021 GRAMMY Music Educator Award honoree.

The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Museum® announced ten finalists for the 2021 GRAMMY Music Educator Award™, and eight of the ten are members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)*. More than 1,989 initial nominations were submitted from across the country—from public to private school educators, from general music teachers to band directors, choral conductors, string teachers, and college professors. NAfME congratulates each and every one of these talented, dedicated music educators. 

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Here are this year’s finalists. NAfME members are highlighted in bold.

Justin

Antos

Dwight D. Eisenhower High School

Frankfort

IL

Stephen

Cox

Eastland High School

Eastland

TX

Pamela

Dawson

DeSoto High School

DeSoto

TX

Michelle

Folta

Columbus State University

Columbus

GA

Elizabeth

Hering

Churchill High School

Livonia

MI

Chris

Maunu

Arvada West High School

Arvada

CO

Brian

McMath

Northwest Guilford High School

Greensboro

NC

Jeffrey

Murdock

The University of Arkansas

Fayetteville

AR

Lynne

Ruda

Lancaster High School

Lancaster

NY

Donald

Walter

Northwest Guilford Middle and High Schools

Oak Ridge

NC

 

The 2021 GRAMMY Music Educator, selected out of the ten finalists, will receive a $10,000 honorarium and matching grant for their school’s music program, and be recognized during GRAMMY Week 2021. The nine additional finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium with matching school grants. Fifteen semifinalists will also receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants.

Read a list of the quarterfinalists featuring NAfME members.

The honorariums and grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible through the support of the GRAMMY Museum’s Education Champion Ford Motor Company Fund. Outreach for this program has been assisted by the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association.

All seven of the previous GRAMMY Music Educator honorees—Kent KnappenbergerJared CassedyPhillip Riggs, Keith Hancock, Melissa Salguero, Jeffery Redding, and Mickey Smith Jr.—are NAfME members. Learn more about the Music Educator AwardTM process.

Nominations for the 2022 Music Educator Award are open for both teachers, students, and the public to nominate a music educator that inspires them today. The deadline to nominate is March 31, and deadline for teachers to apply is April 15.

Best wishes to all the finalists! 

* This number reflects those whose memberships were current at the time of this announcement and is subject to change.

December 14, 2020. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)

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