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A total of 25 music teachers from 25 cities across 15 states have been announced as semifinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. In total, more than 4,500 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.
The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application.
Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists, and will be recognized for their remarkable impact on students' lives. The winner will be flown to the host city of the GRAMMY Awards to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine other finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants. The honorariums and grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Foundation's Education Champions: Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company Fund, and Journeys.
A complete list of semifinalists is below. The finalists will be announced in December.
Coronado Village Elementary School, Universal City, Texas
Northwood High School, Irvine, California
Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts, American Fork, Utah
North Central High School, Indianapolis, Indiana
James Russell Cooper
Henry County High School, New Castle, Kentucky
Fresno City College, Fresno, California
Caddo Middle Magnet, Shreveport, Louisiana
Mission Vista High School, Oceanside, California
South Side High School, Rockville Centre, New York
Wilton High School, Wilton, Connecticut
Eastside Memorial High School, Austin, Texas
Tesoro High School, Rancho Santa Margarita, California
The Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, New York
Thousand Islands High/Middle School, Clayton New York
Oak Harbor High School, Oak Harbor, Washington
River Hill High School, Clarksville, Maryland
Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central District, St. Johnsville, New York
Martin Methodist College, Pulaski, Tennessee
Lincoln Elementary School, Louisville, Kentucky
Bernardo Heights Middle School/Twin Peaks Middle School, Poway, California
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, North Carolina
Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, Las Vegas, Nevada
Downers Grove North High School, Downers Grove, Illinois
Cane Bay High School, Summerville South Carolina
Edythe J. Hayes Middle School, Lexington Kentucky
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