Five of Ten GRAMMY Music Educator Finalists for 2022 Are NAfME Members

Five of Ten GRAMMY Music Educator Finalists for 2022
Are NAfME Members

The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Museum® announced ten finalists for the 2022 GRAMMY Music Educator Award™, and five of the ten are members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)*. More than 1,135 initial nominations were submitted from 49 states—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.*

Name

School

City

State

Justin Antos

Dwight D. Eisenhower High School

Frankfort

Illinois

Michael Coelho

Ipswich High School

Newburyport

Massachusetts

Stephen Cox

Eastland High School

Eastland

Texas

Cory Joy Craig

Benton Intermediate School

Shreveport

Louisiana

Chris Maunu

Arvada West High School

Arvada

Colorado

Trevor Nicholas

Nicholas Senn High School

Chicago

Illinois

Zachary Pitt-Smith

Edna Brewer Middle School

Oakland

California

Bethany Robinson

Noblesville High School

Noblesville

Indiana

Katie Silcott

Olentangy Shanahan Middle School

Lewis Center

Ohio

Tammy Yi

Chapman University

Orange

California

The 2022 GRAMMY Music Educator, selected from the ten finalists, will receive a $10,000 honorarium and matching grant for their school’s music program, and be recognized during GRAMMY Week 2022. The nine additional finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium and matching school 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 Museum’s Education Champion Ford Motor Company Fund. Outreach for this program has been assisted by the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association.

Seven of the eight previous GRAMMY Music Educator honorees—Kent KnappenbergerJared CassedyPhillip Riggs, Keith Hancock, Melissa Salguero, Jeffery Redding, and Mickey Smith Jr.—are NAfME members. The 2021 GRAMMY Music Educator Award honoree is Jeffrey Murdock. Learn more about the Music Educator AwardTM process.

Nominations for the 2023 Music Educator Award are open for both teachers, students, and the public to nominate a music educator that inspires them today. The deadline to nominate is March 15.

Best wishes to the finalists! 

* This number reflects those whose memberships were current at the time of this announcement and is subject to change.

December 16, 2021. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)