BOONE, N.C. — Of the 2,000 nominations submitted for the eighth annual 2021 Music Educator Award, two Appalachian State University alumni have been named award quarterfinalists.
Jenny S. Lanier ’01, an alumna of the Hayes School of Music (HSOM), and Kameron L. Radford ’08, an alumnus of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), are among 216 quarterfinalists nationally and 10 North Carolina music educators nominated for the award.
The Music Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy and Grammy Museum, was established to recognize current educators in both 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.
HSOM Dean James Douthit said, “Appalachian is extremely proud that these nominees have been recognized by the Grammys for the excellent music instruction they are bringing to their students.
“The Hayes School of Music contributes to all of the majors on the campus of Appalachian State University, and one of our most popular courses is a course in music education for teachers from other disciplines. We are proud to provide exceptional training in music education and opportunities to participate in music for our majors, as well as those pursuing other teaching certifications.”
“Beginning as a teacher’s college in its inception, Appalachian has created a culture set on building community engagement and high-quality professional education programs. We have also helped lay the foundation for a commitment to lifelong learning and excellence,” said Dr. Melba Spooner, dean of Appalachian’s Reich College of Education (RCOE).
All education majors at Appalachian, regardless of their specialization, are required to take core education courses through RCOE.
“Incorporating the fine arts, including music, in a student’s learning experience is key to developing and enriching the whole person,” Spooner added.
About the App State nominees
The Music Educator Award recipient, who will be recognized during Grammy Week in January 2021 and attend the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, will receive a $10,000 monetary prize in addition to the award.
Additionally, nine award finalists will each receive a $1,000 prize, and 15 semifinalists, who will be announced in September, will each receive a $500 prize. The schools of the award winner, finalists and semifinalists will receive matching grants through the Grammy Museum’s Education Champion Ford Motor Company Fund. An additional 91 legacy applicants — those who were nominated for the award in 2020 — are also be eligible to win the 2021 award.
Appalachian alumnus Phillip Riggs ’88, music instructor emeritus at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, was the third recipient of the award in 2016. Learn more about past Music Educator Award recipients.
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About the Hayes School of Music
The Hayes School of Music prepares young musicians for professional lives as performers, composers, music educators, music therapists, conductors and music industry professionals, ensuring the next generation of musical leadership for the state, region and nation. Noted for quality instruction by national and internationally recognized faculty musicians, the school offers four undergraduate degree programs and three graduate-level programs. Learn more at https://music.appstate.edu.
About the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 16 academic departments, one stand-alone academic program, two centers and one residential college. These units span the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences aims to develop a distinctive identity built upon our university's strengths, traditions and unique location. The college’s values lie not only in service to the university and local community, but through inspiring, training, educating and sustaining the development of its students as global citizens. There are approximately 6,100 student majors in the college. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing Appalachian's general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing majors in other colleges. Learn more at https://cas.appstate.edu.
About the Reich College of Education
Appalachian offers one of the largest undergraduate teacher preparation programs in North Carolina, graduating about 500 teachers a year. The Reich College of Education enrolls approximately 2,400 students in its bachelor's, master's, education specialist and doctoral degree programs. With so many teacher education graduates working in the state, there is at least one RCOE graduate teaching in every county in North Carolina. Learn more at https://rcoe.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.