Nominate a Teacher for a $10k Grammy Award

The Grammy Foundation just announced a great new way to honor a music educator from right here in Tredyffrin and Easttown.

Does your child have an exceptional musical teacher this year, or was there a music teacher who inspired you?

During Sunday night's Grammy Awards the Grammy Foundation announced a new program to honor the best music educators in the country.

The full details for how to nominate your favorite teacher from grades k-college in a public or private school are avaialble on the Grammyintheschools.com website.

The Grammy Foundation lists four of the many reasons the music industry believes that having great music teachers is essential to a good school curriculim. Among the startling stats on music education in schools:

  1. Students in high-quality school music programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of the school or school district.
  2. Schools that have music programs have significantly higher attendance rates than do those without programs (93.3 percent as compared to 84.9 percent).
  3. Schools that have music programs have significantly higher graduation rates than do those without music programs (90.2 percent as compared to 72.9 percent). In addition, those that rate their programs as "excellent or very good" have an even higher graduation rate (90.9 percent).
  4. The combined results of 30 studies indicate that music instruction is linked to significantly improved reading skills.

What music teacher from Tredyffrin or Easttown would you nominate for the new award?  Tell us in the comments at the bottom of this article.

Then go to the Grammy website and let us know who you think should be honored as an outsanding music teacher.

According to the Grammy website, 10 finalists will be selected including one winner each year to be recognized for their remarkable impact. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the Award and attend the GRAMMYs, plus pick up a $10,000 honorarium. All finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium as well.

Norma gottlieb February 11, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Tim Simmons at Delaware Valley Friends School in Paoli. He is an inspiration to his students and has encouraged many students to study and play music beyond High School.
Sarah Morrison February 12, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Kim Morrison. She teaches music to kindergarden through 6th grade at Culver Elementary School. She is not only a caring and good person but she has been through brain surgery for seizures. She is doing very well now that it's gone. She loves her job and all the kids that she teaches that's why I think she deserves to win this award! (:
Josie Ross February 12, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Kim Morrison. Who teaches k-6 at Culver Elementary School. I think she deserves to win because she is a great music teacher. She always has something different for us to do whether it's making music with different instruments or,singing,or looking up great artists like KISS or the Beatles. She is a great music teacher and that's why she deserves to win!


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