Twenty-five music teachers from across the country have been recognized as semifinalists for the third annual Grammy Music Educator Award.
The award honors full-time music teachers in public or private schools who have made a significant contribution to music education. It’s presented by the Grammy Foundation and The Recording Academy.
Some 4,500 teachers were nominated for this year’s award. Ten finalists will be selected from the 25 semifinalists in December. The winner of the award attends the Grammy awards and receives a $10,000 stipend.
Last year’s winner, Jared Cassedy, is a teacher at Windham High School in New Hampshire. Cassedy has led a growing, inclusive, and award-winning band program in Windham, where his students apparently refer to him as the “Energizer Bunny,” according to a piece from CBS.
The idea is to highlight and honor music teachers like Cassedy—and to remind viewers that most of the musicians onstage at the Grammy award ceremony at some point encountered a teacher who inspired or motivated them.
The organizations are already accepting nominations for the 2017 award.
Here’s a full list of the semifinalists, who hail from 25 cities in 15 states:
Coronado Village Elementary School, Universal City, Texas
Northwood High School, Irvine, Calif.
Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts, American Fork, Utah
North Central High School, Indianapolis, Ind.
James Russell Cooper
Henry County High School, New Castle, Ky.
Fresno City College, Fresno, Calif.
Caddo Middle Magnet, Shreveport, La.
Mission Vista High School, Oceanside, Calif.
South Side High School, Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Wilton High School, Wilton, Conn.
Eastside Memorial High School, Austin, Texas
Tesoro High School, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
The Berkeley Carroll School, New York, N.Y.
Thousand Islands High/Middle School, Clayton, N.Y.
Oak Harbor High School, Oak Harbor, Wash.
River Hill High School, Clarksville, Md.
Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central District, St. Johnsville, N.Y.
Martin Methodist College, Pulaski, Tenn.
Lincoln Elementary School, Louisville, Kentucky
Poway Unified School District, San Diego, Calif.
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, North Carolina
Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, Las Vegas, Nev.
Downers Grove North High School, Downers Grove, Ill.
Cane Bay High School, Summerville, S.C.
Edythe J. Hayes Middle School, Lexington, Ky.
Photo: 2015 Music Educator Award™ recipient Jared Cassedy of Windham High School in Windham, N.H., with his award presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation® at the 57th GRAMMY Awards® in Los Angeles on Feb. 8. -- Dan MacMedan/The Recording Academy®/WireImage.com
A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.