Thank You Teachers Campaign

Thank You Teachers Campaign

Students across America Sing “Thank You Teachers” with Donald Gee
and Grammy Nominated Kendrick Dean


NAfME associate member Donald Gee (Georgia Tech Undergrad Student) wrote the song “Thank You Teachers” for his favorite educator (his mom) and all the other teachers who make such a difference in people’s lives. The song was picked up and improved by Kendrick Dean, seven-time Grammy nominated producer who was a high school history teacher before becoming a music producer.

After collaborating with the American Choir Directors Association,  National Association for Music Education, Atlanta Public Schools, and Heartland Youth Choir and a retweet from Grammy winning Choir Director Eric Whitacre, more than 100 students joined together to create a virtual choir singing “Thank You Teachers” for Teacher Appreciation Day 2021!


Students: Continue to participate in the Thank You Teachers Campaign by sending messages to your teachers about how they made a difference in your life and including this video link. Other ideas to share:

  • TikTok challenge
  • YouTube thank you videos
  • Share on Facebook or Twitter and tag teachers

Please support music education by donating today to the work of National Association for Music Education as we continue to provide resources and guidance for educators in all teaching situations, and advocate on behalf of music educators at the federal and state levels.

Donald Gee and Kendrick Dean are available for interviews about the project. Contact Donald at 515-779-2937 or