Eight of Ten GRAMMY Music Educator Finalists for 2018 Are NAfME Members

Eight of Ten GRAMMY Music Educator Finalists for 2018 Are NAfME Members

The GRAMMY Foundation® announced ten finalists for the 2018 GRAMMY Music Educator Award™, and eight of the ten are members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). More than 2,300 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.

Pamela Andrews

Station Camp Elementary School

Gallatin, TN

Victor de los Santos

Santa Ana High School

Santa Ana, CA 

Michelle Droe

Lincoln Elementary

Cedar Falls, IA

Curtis Gaesser

Folsom High School

Folsom, CA

Ralph Jackson

Bridle Path Elementary School

Lansdale, PA

Brandi Jason

Liberty High School

Eldersburg, MD

Chris Maunu

Arvada West High School

Arvada, CO

Darren McCoy

Oak Harbor High School

Oak Harbor, WA

Melissa Salguero

P.S. 48 Joseph R. Drake

Bronx, NY

Vicky Stockton

New York State School for the Deaf

Rome, NY



The 2018 GRAMMY Music Educator, selected out of the ten finalists, will be flown out to New York to attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and attend various GRAMMY Foundation 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 Foundation’s Education Champions: Converse; Journeys; Ford Motor Company Fund; the Hot Topic Foundation; the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation; Royal Bank of Canada; BestBuy; and Brookfield Properties. In addition, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the NAMM Foundation, and the National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies.

All four of the previous GRAMMY Music Educator honorees ­­­- Kent KnappenbergerJared CassedyPhillip Riggs, and Keith Hancock – are NAfME Members. More information about the GRAMMY Educator Award is available here.

 Nominations for the 2019 Music Educator Award are open for both teachers, students, and the public to nominate a music educator that inspires them today. 

Best of luck to NAfME’s finalists! 

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