Announcing The 10 Finalists For the First-Ever Music Educator Award

A total of 10 music teachers from ten cities across eight states have been announced as finalistsfor the first annual Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy®and the GRAMMY Foundation®. In total, more than 30,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. 

The complete list of finalists is below. The winner will be announced in January. Applications for the second annual Music Educator Award are currently online; to nominate a teacher, visit The deadline to nominate is March 31, 2014. The application process will adjust each year to allow the broad array of effective teaching styles and methods used in the discipline to be recognized and awarded.


First NameLast NameSchool CityState
LisaBianconiKurn Hattin Homes for ChildrenWestminsterVt.
Charles CushineryEd W. Clark High SchoolLas VegasNev.
AndrewDeNicolaJohn P. Stevens High SchoolEdisonN.J.
Vivian GonzalezSouth Miami K-8 CenterMiamiFla.
KentKnappenbergerWestfield Academy and Central SchoolWestfieldN.Y.
KathrineKounsHorizon High SchoolScottsdaleAriz.
Glen McCarthyGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxVa.
SteveVutsinasGrassfield High SchoolChesapeakeVa.
JoWallace-AbbiePlano West Senior High SchoolPlanoTexas
Mary JoWestGeorge Mason High SchoolFalls ChurchVa.

Nominate a deserving music teacher in your community here.

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