10 Finalists Announced for 2017 Music Educator Award™ Presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®

Award Recipient and Finalists to Receive Cash Honoraria with
Generous Support and Resources Provided by the GRAMMY Foundation
Education Champions: Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor
Company Fund, and Journeys

–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Recording Academy:



A total of 10 music teachers from 10 cities across 7 states
have been announced as finalists for the Music Educator
presented by The Recording Academy®
and the GRAMMY Foundation®. Initial
were submitted from all 50 states. Nominations
and applications
for the 2018 Music Educator Award are
now open via www.grammymusicteacher.com.
A complete list of finalists is below.




School Name





Erica Breitbarth       Reagan IB High School       Milwaukee       Wis.
David Dehner Monte Vista Christian School Watsonville Calif.
Jose Diaz MacArthur Senior High School Houston Texas
Keith Hancock Tesoro High School Rancho Santa Margarita Calif.
Elizabeth Hankins Lakewood High School Lakewood Ohio
Keith Hart Sr. KIPP Believe College Prep New Orleans La.
Henry Miller Sierra Vista Middle School Irvine Calif.
Richard Nickerson Windham High School Windham Maine
Ulli Reiner Bernardo Heights Middle School Poway Calif.
Nicole Thompson Taylor Road Middle School Johns Creek Ga.



A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and
the GRAMMY Foundation, the Music Educator Award was
established to recognize current educators (kindergarten 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 schools.

The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can
nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues,
community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers are
also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are
notified and invited to fill out an application.
Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and
recognized for their remarkable impact on students’ lives. The 2017
honoree will be flown to Los Angeles, the host city of the GRAMMY
Awards®, and will be recognized during GRAMMY Week in
February 2017. The recipient will also attend the 59th Annual GRAMMY
Awards ceremony and a range of GRAMMY Foundation events.
In addition, the recipient will receive a $10,000 honorarium. The
nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of
all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.
Additionally, the previously named 15 semifinalists will receive a
$500 honorarium with matching school grants for the first time in
the award’s history.

The 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. In addition, the
American Choral Directors Association, National Association for
Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education
Association support this program through outreach to their



The winner will be announced during GRAMMY Week. For more
information, please visit www.grammymusicteacher.com.


Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of
musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and recording
professionals dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality
of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY
Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and
the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible
for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment,
advocacy, education, and human services programs. The Academy continues
to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating
for the well-being of music makers, and ensuring music remains an
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The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1988 to cultivate the
understanding, appreciation, and advancement of the contribution of
recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this
mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry
and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation
works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy,
to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and
impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our
rich cultural heritage. In recognition of the significant role of
teachers in shaping their students’ musical experiences, The Recording
Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation partnered to present their first Music
Educator Award in 2014. Open to current U.S. music teachers in
kindergarten through college, the fourth annual Music Educator Award
will be given out during GRAMMY Week 2017 and nominations
are being accepted for the 2018 cycle. For more information about the
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Converse Inc., based in Boston, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NIKE,
Inc. Established in 1908, the Converse brand has built a reputation as
“America’s Original Sports Company”™ and has been associated with a rich
heritage of legendary shoes such as the Chuck Taylor® All Star®
shoe, the Jack Purcell® shoe, and the One Star®
shoe. Today, Converse offers a diverse portfolio including lifestyle
men’s, women’s, and children’s footwear, apparel, and accessories and is
sold globally by retailers in over 160 countries. For more information,
visit Media.Converse.com
and follow @converse.

Disney Performing Arts unlocks student potential and helps young people
make their own dreams come true — whether it’s performing in front of an
international audience of thousands at Disney theme parks and resorts or
honing their craft in enriching workshops and clinics taught by
entertainment professionals. Every year, thousands of vocal,
instrumental, and other ensembles travel from around the world to
participate in Disney Performing Arts programs at the Disneyland Resort
in Southern Calif. and the Walt Disney World Resort in Fla. Disney
delivers workshops and performance opportunities that enrich, inspire,
and often lead to life-changing personal achievement.

Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community and
global partners to advance driving safety, education, and community
life. Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 65 years with
ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills for Life is
free, interactive, hands-on safety training focused on skill development
and driving techniques, while addressing inexperience, distractions, and
impaired driving. Innovation in education is encouraged through Ford
Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Next Generation Learning, and other inspiring
programs that enhance high school learning and provide college
scholarships and university grants. The Ford Volunteer Corps enlists
more than 30,000 Ford employees and retirees each year to work on local
projects that strengthen their communities and improve people’s lives in
more than 40 countries around the world. For more information, visit community.ford.com.

Journeys is a leader in the teen specialty retail scene, with more than
800 stores in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Journeys uses
fashion savvy and merchandising science to keep in step with the
fast-paced footwear and accessories market for 13- to 22-year-old guys
and girls. Journeys offers a wide variety of trendy, relevant brands
that cater to teens that seek the hottest, new styles. However, the
Journeys store is more than a retail environment — it’s an extension of
the teen lifestyle. From the plasma TVs playing exclusive content and
the latest music videos, to the visual merchandising strategy and
promotions, to the employees whose image and style reflect the
customers’ lifestyle and attitude. In addition to retail stores,
Journeys reaches its customers through journeys.com, catalogs, social
media, and grass-roots events like the Warped Tour, Alternative Press
Music Awards, and national club-level music tours in the spring and fall
seasons. Journeys — An Attitude You Can Wear! Journeys is a division of
Genesco Inc.


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