GRANGEVILLE – Kathy Stefani of Grangeville High School is one of a total of 213 music teachers from 194 cities across 42 states who have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. In total, more than 4,500 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.
“No matter what happens, it’s not bad to be one of 213 out of an original 4,500 nominated, right?” laughed Stefani as she told the audience about the honor at the spring concert, May 12.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators 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.
The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone could nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans and administrators. The award winner will be announced in 2016. Stefani is currently making a video to send to the nomination committee as part of the application process.
“If you have anything nice to say, you can stop by the video recorder on the way out,” she joked with the audience.
Each year, one recipient will be selected from 10 finalists and will be flown to the host city of the Grammy Awards to accept the award, attend the ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine other finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.
Stefani teaches music in Grangeville schools (including private and home-schooled students who attend her program) for grades six through 12. This includes middle school, concert and Varsity Blue choirs and middle and high school band and guitar, as well as the class The History of Rock and Roll.