Ten music teachers from ten cities across eight states have been announced as finalists for the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation’s first annual Music Educator Award. The finalists were culled from more than 30,000 initial nominations submitted from all 50 states.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators from kindergarten through college 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 the schools.

Recording Academy, Grammy Foundation Create First Music Educator Award

The award will have its inaugural presentation at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical Grammy Award during Grammy Week 2014.
The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the 56th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists also will receive matching grants.

Companies and organizations supporting the award include the Grammy Foundation's Education Champions Box Tops For Education, Converse, Ford Motor Company Fund, Journeys, Microsoft Surface and Universal Music Group.
A 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 GRAMMYMusicTeacher.com. The deadline to nominate is March 31, 2014.

First Name      Last Name                  School                                              City                          State
Lisa                  Bianconi                      Kurn Hattin Homes for Children          Westminster                 Vt.
Charles             Cushinery                    Ed W. Clark High School                     Las Vegas                    Nev.
Andrew             DeNicola                     John P. Stevens High School                Edison                         N.J.
Vivian               Gonzalez                     South Miami K-8 Center                      Miami                          Fla.
Kent                 Knappenberger            Westfield Academy and Central School  Westfield                     N.Y.
Kathrine           Kouns                          Horizon High School                           Scottsdale                    Ariz.
Glen                 McCarthy                     George Mason University                    Fairfax                         Va.
Steve                Vutsinas                      Grassfield High School                        Chesapeake                 Va.
Jo                     Wallace-Abbie              Plano West Senior High School            Plano                           Texas
Mary Jo             West                            George Mason High School                Falls Church                  Va.