Nearly Every 2018 GRAMMY Semifinalist is a NAfME Member

Nearly Every 2018 GRAMMY Semifinalist is a NAfME Member

This week, the GRAMMY Foundation announced its 25 semifinalists for the 2018 GRAMMY Music Educator Award™. More than 2,300 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states; semifinalists were selected from 25 cities across 17 states. NAfME is delighted to announce that 22 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.

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 Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.

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

Bonnie Anderson

Coronado Village Elementary

Universal City, TX 

Pamela Andrews

Station Camp Elementary School

Gallatin, TN

Drew Benware

Saranac Lake High School

Saranac Lake, NY

John Churchville

Go Like The Wind Elementary School

Ann Arbor, MI

Victor de los Santos

Santa Ana High School

Santa Ana, CA 

Michelle Droe

Lincoln Elementary

Cedar Falls, IA 

Dale Duncan

Henderson Middle School

Atlanta, GA

Curtis Gaesser

Folsom High School

Folsom, CA 

Ralph Jackson

Bridle Path Elementary School

Lansdale, PA 

Brandi Jason

Liberty High School

Eldersburg, MD 

Mike Kurilko

Trenton High School

Trenton, MI

Kate Margrave

Pine Creek High School

Colorado Springs, CO

Chris Maunu

Arvada West High School

Arvada, CO

Darren McCoy

Oak Harbor High School

Oak Harbor, WA 

Aaron Rex

Jackson High School

Jackson, OH

David Reynolds Jr.

Vienna Elementary School

Vienna, VA 

David Rhen

Towson High School

Towson, MD 

Melissa Salguero

P.S. 48 Joseph R. Drake

Bronx, NY

Bonnie Scholz

Pius XI Catholic High School

Milwaukee, WI 

Joani Slawson

Saturn Elementary

Cocoa, FL

Laura Steigerwald McCoy

St. Joseph Central Elementary School

Fort Wayne, IN 

Amy J. Steiner

Hutchinson Central Technical High School

Buffalo, NY

Vicky Stockton

New York State School for the Deaf

Rome, NY

James Yaques

Palm Beach Central High School

Wellington, FL 

Davey Yarborough

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Washington, DC 


The ten finalists will be announced in December

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 Cassedy, Phillip 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 semifinalists! 

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