Winner And Nine Finalists to Receive Cash Honorariums, with Generous Support and Resources Provided by the GRAMMY Foundation®'s Education Champions Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company Fund, Journeys and Microsoft

Read more: Nominations Open for Third Annual Music Educator Award

Since 2009, Roy Vogt's Teach Me Bass Guitar (TMBG) has been acknowledged as the world's best course of self-paced bass guitar instruction, and it's now available in two formats - download/streaming and the traditional, award-winning 10 DVD package.

Read more: Teach Me Bass Guitar Now Available For Download and Streaming

(L-R): Ken Albrecht, founder of the Carter Albrecht Music Foundation, Johnny Harris, store manager Metroplex Piano Dallas, Judy Albrecht, Founder CAMF, Salah Boukadoum, board member CAMF and Founder and CEO of Good Returns, Karen Harkey, Director at Choice Leadersihp Academy, Janis Evans, Trumpets4Kids board member, Freddie Jones, Founder and Artistic Director of Trumpets4Kids, Lynn Nikaidoh, supporter of CAMF. At the keyboard: Maphios Mekbeb-Gillette, student at Choice Leadership Academy. Celebrity Trumpet Player Freddie Jones Announces Donation of Digital Keyboards to Trumpets4Kids.

Read more: Metroplex Piano, Yamaha and Carter Albrecht Music Foundation Donate Portable Keyboards For...

The National Association for Music Education Welcomes Partners in the Fight for Music EducationRESTON, VA (February 20, 2015) – The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has launched a new Associate membership program that offers private teachers, professional musicians, parents, community leaders, and others an opportunity to partner with classroom-based music educators all across the country.

Read more: The National Association for Music Education Welcomes Partners in the Fight for Music Education

Manhasset Specialty CompanyThe Board of Directors of Manhasset Specialty Company has announced the hiring of Dan Roberts as president and general manager to replace Barry Heid, who is retiring from that position after a very successful career of 16 years working with the company.

Read more: Manhasset Specialty Names Roberts President and General Manager

2015 Tools for SchoolsCountless musical instruments, accessories, and related products are announced and shown each year at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. For the fifth consecutive year, our team of music educators scoured exhibits at NAMM looking for the best products for music classroom use in an array of different categories and met to deliberate and bring you the 2015 Best Tools for Schools from the Winter NAMM Show. 

Read more: Educators Highlight the Best Teaching Tools from the Winter NAMM Show

I spend a good deal of time each year attending state “MEA” shows — including Ohio, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, and others around the country — along with the NAfME conference. I’m always intrigued by the sessions presented and the creative topic names the presenters use to entice a music educator to attend their session.

Read more: Perspective: Inclusion of Special Needs Learners in Music Classes

Dave GerhartYamaha has announced the appointment of Dave Gerhart as product manager for the company’s Percussion Department, Band & Orchestral Division. He will report to Troy Wollwage, marketing manager, Percussion Instruments.

Read more: Yamaha Appoints Gerhart as Product Manager, Percussion Instruments

A total of 10 music teachers from 10 cities across nine states have been announced as finalists for the second annual Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. In total, more than 7,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.

Read more: Ten Music Teachers Finalists For Grammy Music Educator Award

Gackle-Streeter School Chicago TripTRAVEL DESTINATION: Chicago


DIRECTOR: Corinne Muller

SCHOOL: Gackle-Streeter School

SCHOOL LOCATION: Gackle, North Dakota 

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