Disney Performing Arts Brought Music Workshop to NC High School Students

Disney Performing Arts Brought Music Workshop to North Carolina High School Students as part of Grammy Music Educator Award

2016 Music Educator Award™ Winner and 24-Year NAfME Member Phillip Riggs Participates in “You’re Instrumental” Workshop

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Photo courtesy Disney Performing Arts.

Disney Performing Arts brought one of its popular music workshops to the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics as part of band director Phillip Riggs winning the 2016 Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®. Riggs is a 24-year member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the North Carolina Music Educators Association.

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Photo courtesy Disney Performing Arts.

As part of this rare opportunity, Riggs’ music students participated in Disney’s coveted workshop called “You’re Instrumental,” as well as interacted with Mickey Mouse dressed as a band conductor. 

Photo courtesy Disney Performing Arts.
Photo courtesy Disney Performing Arts.

Throughout the workshop, Riggs’ students honed their sight-reading and instrumental skills as they recorded their music to a classic scene from a Disney animated film.

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Photo courtesy Disney Performing Arts.

In April, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Foundation recognized Riggs’ remarkable impact on his students as well as his contributions to music education by presenting him with the Music Educator Award and a $10,000 honorarium. As part of the award, Disney Performing Arts celebrated Riggs’ achievement by staging the workshop at the Durham, N.C. school.

© 2016 Mark Finkenstaedt. All Rights Reserved.
© 2016 Mark Finkenstaedt. All Rights Reserved.

In June, Riggs joined NAfME in Washington, D.C., to talk about the critical importance of equal access to music education for all students with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. NAfME is leading in ensuring implementation of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes proper recognition and funding of music as part of the “well-rounded education” provision of ESSA.

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Catherina Hurlburt, Communications Manager, September 19, 2016. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)

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