Mickey Smith Jr. of Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur, Louisiana, is the recipient of the 2020 Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum. In addition, nine music teachers have been announced as finalists for the award.
Initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. Nominations and applications for the 2021 Music Educator Award are now open via www.grammymusicteacher.com. A complete list of the winner and finalists is below.
A partnership and joint presentation of the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum, 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 teaches—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.