More than Half of the 2021 GRAMMY Music Educator Award™ Semifinalists Are NAfME Members

Announcing the 25 Selected Semifinalists

Recently, the GRAMMY Museum® announced its 25 semifinalists for the 2021 GRAMMY Music Educator Award™. More than 1,989 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states; semifinalists were selected from 24 cities across 16 states. NAfME is delighted to announce that 16* of the 25 GRAMMY semifinalists are active members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). From band and orchestra directors to choral conductors and elementary school general music teachers, NAfME congratulates each of these inspiring, dedicated, and driven music educators.

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The GRAMMY Music Educator Award was first introduced to highlight the meaningful work done daily by thousands of music educators across the United States, from kindergarten to college, from public to private schools. Teachers honored with this award have made clear contributions to music education, and have committed to the cause of preserving and maintaining music education in schools. The award is a partnership and joint presentation of The Recording AcademyTM and the GRAMMY Museum.

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

 

Bonnie

Anderson

 Miller’s Point Elementary School

San Antonio

TX

Justin

Antos

 Dwight D. Eisenhower High School

Frankfort

IL

Elizabeth

Bennett

 Buffalo Grove High School

Libertyville

IL

Angela

Carpenter

 Harrington Elementary School

Bedford

MA

Stephen

Cox

 Eastland High School

Eastland

TX

Pamela

Dawson

 DeSoto High School

DeSoto

TX

Brad

Drinkwater

 Connetquot High School

Nesconset

NY

Paul

Eaton

 Girard College

Lafayette Hill

PA

Michelle

Folta

 Columbus State University

Columbus

GA

Amanda

Hanzlik

 Edwin O. Smith High School

Storrs

CT

Elizabeth

Hering

 Churchill High School

Livonia

MI

Graham

Johnson

 Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS)

New York

NY

Chris

Maunu

 Arvada West High School

Arvada

CO

Richard

Maxwell

 Arcadia High School

Phoenix

AZ

Brian

McMath

 Northwest Guilford High School

Greensboro

NC

Shawna

Mendez

 The Manning School of Academics and Arts

Lakewood

CO

Patricia

Moore

 Canyon View Elementary School

Tucson

AZ

Ryan

Muir

 South Kingstown High School

Wakefield

RI

Jeffrey

Murdock

 The University of Arkansas

Fayetteville

AR

Blake

Richter

 Nixa Junior High School

Nixa

MO

Kimberly

Ritzer

 Green Valley High School

Henderson

NV

Lynne

Ruda

 Lancaster High School

Lancaster

NY

Matthew

Trevino

 Roan Forest Elementary

San Antonio

TX

Donald

Walter

 Northwest Guilford Middle and High Schools

Oak Ridge

NC

Tracy

Williamson

 Gorham Middle School

Gorham

ME

 

The ten finalists will be announced in December

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.

More information about the GRAMMY Music Educator Award is available hereNominations for the 2022 Music Educator Award are open for both teachers, students, and the public to nominate a music educator that inspires them today. Best wishes to the semifinalists! 

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

October 15, 2020. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)

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