Announcing The 25 Semifinalists For The Music Educator Award

A total of 25 music teachers from 25 cities across 17 states have been announced as semifinalists for the Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy®and the GRAMMY Foundation®. In total, more than 7,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K 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 their schools. A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, this special award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception (honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY® Award) on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, during GRAMMY Week.

As announced on the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® by President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation Neil Portnow, TV and radio host/producer and GRAMMY Foundation Honorary Board Chair Ryan Seacrest, and nine-time GRAMMY winner Justin Timberlake, the award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone could nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers were also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers were notified and invited to fill out an application.

This fall, the school of each semifinalist will have the chance to earn an additional $6,000 for their music program through the Ford Drive 4 UR School program. Since the program’s launch in 2007, Ford has donated nearly $25 million to schools around the country through its unique test-drive experience.

Kent Knappenberger of Westfield Academy and Central School in Westfield, N.Y., was the recipient of the first annual Music Educator Award. Knappenberger was recognized during the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast in a segment featuring Portnow along with nine-time GRAMMY winner John Legend and Seacrest.

"Music education has such an important impact on our cultural fabric," said GRAMMY Foundation Honorary Chair Ryan Seacrest. "It’s a privilege to join the GRAMMY Foundation and Ford Motor Company to applaud the efforts of our nation’s top 25 music teachers and work with their schools to help raise awareness about the importance of music in schools."

One recipient is selected from 10 finalists each year, and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students' lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists also 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. Nominations for the 2016 Music Educator Award are now open at www.grammymusicteacher.com.

          A complete list of semifinalists is below. The finalists will be announced in December.

 

 

 

 

Name

School Name

City

State

Diane Abrahamian

Penfield High School

Penfield

N.Y.

Steven Acciani

Diamond Bar High School

Diamond Bar

Calif.

Phil Aguglia

Kenmore East High School

Tonawanda

N.Y.

William Bennett

Cane Bay High School

Summerville

S.C.

Jared Cassedy

Windham High School

Windham

N.H.

Caleb Chapman

Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts

American Fork

Utah

Josh Chodoroff

Highland Park High School

Highland Park

Ill.

Dr. Buddy Clements

Walnut High School

Walnut

Calif.

Charles Cushinery

Ed W. Clark High School

Las Vegas

Nev.

David Dehner

Monte Vista Christian School

Watsonville

Calif.

Jamal Dickerson

Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy

Camden

N.J.

Terry Eberhardt

Marriotts Ridge High School

Marriottsville

Md.

Krista Fanning

Caddo Middle Magnet

Shreveport

La.

Elizabeth Fortune

Washington Middle School

Seattle

Wash.

Vivian Gonzalez

South Miami K-8 Center

Miami

Fla.

Micah Haven

Meeker Middle School

Tacoma

Wash.

Aaron Hill Sr.

Smithfield High School

Smithfield

Va.

Stevi Marks

Glenbrook South High School

Glenview

Ill.

Richard Maxwell

Arcadia High School

Phoenix

Ariz.

Debra Reilly

Springhouse Middle School

Allentown

Pa.

Huber Smith

Michael  Smith

Maplewood Middle School

Nyack High School

Sulphur

Upper Nyack

La.

N.Y.

James Story

Volunteer State Community College

Gallatin

Tenn.

Nancie Tobison

Danny Yancey

Barrington High School

Martin Gifted and Talented Magnet Middle School

Barrington

Raleigh

Ill.

N.C.

 

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