NAfME Member Jared Cassedy Named Second Annual GRAMMY Music Educator


Jared Cassedy
Jared Cassedy



Jared Cassedy of Windham High School in Windham, N.H., a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), was named the recipient of the second annual Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®. A total of 10 music teachers from 10 cities across nine states were selected as finalists for the award. In total, more than 7,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. Eight of the 10 music educator finalists are NAfME members. 

“Words cannot describe how amazing this honor is,” Cassedy said. “This award is not only recognition of the truly talented students and supportive community I get to work with every day, but it’s also a representation of the fundamental significance of music and the arts in our schools.”

The music teacher added: “As a tribute to the thousands of outstanding music educators everywhere, I cannot thank The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation enough for helping us to advocate for and to celebrate the importance of music education across the nation.”

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. This special award will be presented at The Recording Academy’s Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception (honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY® Award) on Saturday, February 7, during GRAMMY Week.

“The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation partnered to create this award to honor the powerful and lasting influence music educators have on their students,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy. “Generations of musicians — including many GRAMMY nominees and GRAMMY winners — got their start on the path to a creative life from a teacher who instilled in them a belief in their own talents, and a passion for building a professional career in music.”

Cassedy receives a $10,000 honorarium for Windham High School and the other nine finalists receive a $1,000 honorarium. The 10 finalists, with NAfME members’ names highlighted in bold, are: 




Steven Acciani

Diamond Bar High School

Diamond Bar, California

William Bennett

  Cane Bay High School

Summerville, South Carolina

Jared Cassedy

Windham High School

Windham, New Hampshire

Krista Fanning

Caddo Middle Magnet

Shreveport, Louisiana

Richard Maxwell

  Arcadia High School

Phoenix, Arizona

Debra Reilly

Springhouse/Orefield Middle Schools

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Huber Smith

Maplewood Middle School

Sulphur, Louisiana

Nancie Tobison

Barrington High School

Barrington, Illinois

Danny Yancey

Martin Gifted & Talented Magnet School

Raleigh, North Carolina

Check out additional coverage of Jared Cassedy’s selection announcement

CBS This Morning announced Cassedy’s selection

GRAMMY Foundation Announcement

A YouTube video of Jared Cassedy in his classroom

CBS This Morning on Twitter

Coverage in the New Hampshire Union Leader


 Roz Fehr,  NAfME Communications Content Developer, February 2, 2015 © National Association for Music Education (