Nominate Local Music Teachers for $10k Grammy

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


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 Springfield 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."

Samantha Blundon February 16, 2013 at 04:09 AM
Mr. Stott from Monmouth Maine Academy is our music and band teacher. When we came to the middle school in fourth grade it was so much. Bigger, scary, older kids where there. We had no idea where we where going. He taught me music was a big part of my life. As the next two years went by it was so much fun. He never raised his voice let along yelled at us. Everyone would make sure they where there on days that we had class. Even though it was boring it was the high light of my day. In band he taught us that everyone has a talent. As the years went by our friendships strengthened with our peers. We made many more friends. We even made friends with people we once called our enemies. Our class strengthen and our band music seemed to get harder. In seventh grade when we could not take music class anymore everyone was bummed even though we had other classes like french spanish etc. it was not the same. Some of us took up an extra music class and it was full of fun and learning. In eight grade we started this new grading system -risk program- everyone did not like it. All the teachers where stressed, yelled, and where drained. He choose to make the best of it and not lower our hope. The next year I moved. My music stopped. I didn't have time or a teacher. When I moved back I got right into band. He rewards up with headstands and punishes us by jumping up and down so his long hair flips up and down. He taught us about friendships, to listen, music, what we want to do with our lives.


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