I’m a singer, songwriter, and pianist.
This is NOT the time to be shy. You spend your time basking in the reflected glory of your students' success. This award is a unique opportunity for the attention of the country to be drawn to the incredible value of great teaching, as a critical profession for all of our benefit. You can be the representative of the efforts of music teachers all across the country.
Take the advice you no doubt give all your students – reach for every opportunity that presents itself. It's your turn now.