Nearly All of the 2020 GRAMMY Music Educator AwardTM Semifinalists Are NAfME Members

Announcing the 25 Selected Semifinalists

 

Recently, the GRAMMY Museum® announced its 25 semifinalists for the 2020 GRAMMY Music Educator Award™. More than 3,300 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states; semifinalists were selected from 25 cities across 18 states. NAfME is delighted to announce that 21* 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.

GRAMMY music educator award

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.

Amber Moss

Lakeside Middle School – Garland Co.

Hot Springs

AR

Andrew Bennett

Fredonia High School

Fredonia

NY

Bethany Hardwick

Clayton Downing Middle School

Flower Mound

TX

Chris Maunu

Arvada West High School

Arvada

CO

Courtney Powers

Edison High School

Philadelphia

PA

Crystal Pridmore

Finney Elementary School

San Diego

CA

Elizabeth Bennett

Buffalo Grove High School

Buffalo Grove

IL

Elizabeth Hering

Churchill High School

Livonia

MI

Geoffrey Gould

Swift River Elementary School

Belchertown

MA

Harvey Lockhart

Riverview Gardens High School

St. Louis

MO

Heather Dipasquale

Todd County Middle School

Todd County

KY

James Yaques

Palm Beach Central High School

Wellington

FL

Jason Majerczak

Drexel Hill Middle School

Drexel Hill

PA

Johnathan Vest

Centennial High School

Franklin

TN

Joy Paffenroth

Kaukauna High School

Kaukauna

WI

Kokoe Tanaka-Suwan

Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls, The Shirley Rodriguez-Remeneski School

Bronx

NY

Lynne Ruda

Lancaster High School

Lancaster

NY

Michael Jefferson

Western Alamance High School

Elon

NC

Michael Antmann

Freedom High School

Orlando

FL

Mickey Smith

Maplewood Middle School

Sulphur

La.

Peter Sampson

Whiteland Community High School

Whiteland

IN

Renee Shane-Boyd

Catalina Foothills High School

Tucson

AZ

Sherie Grossman

Mt. Juliet High School

Mt. Juliet

TN

Stephen Cox

Eastland High School

Eastland

TX

Victor de los Santos

Santa Ana High School

Santa Ana

CA

 

The ten finalists will be announced in December

The 2020 GRAMMY Music Educator, selected out of the ten finalists, will be flown out to Los Angeles to attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 26, 2020, and attend various GRAMMY week events. The nine additional finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium; the schools of all ten finalists will receive matching 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 six of the previous GRAMMY Music Educator honorees—Kent KnappenbergerJared CassedyPhillip Riggs, Keith Hancock, Melissa Salguero, and Jeffery Redding (who is delivering a keynote address at the 2019 NAfME National Conference)—are NAfME members.

More information about the GRAMMY Educator Award is available hereNominations for the 2021 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.

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Published Date

November 4, 2019

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November 4, 2019. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)

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