Over the last decade, the CMA Foundation has been committed to investing in quality music education throughout the country. As our work has progressed, we’ve learned a great deal about the challenges facing those responsible for equipping our students with a well-rounded education – our music teachers. Often these incredible human beings are not celebrated and are frequently overlooked for the work they do in the classroom and beyond. We felt we needed to change this.
In 2016 the CMA Foundation launched our very own program aimed at celebrating, honoring and investing in quality teaching. Music Teachers of Excellence is the CMA Foundation’s commitment to the music teachers exemplifying excellence in the field. These change agents go above and beyond their role and responsibilities in the classroom and are vital to their students and communities.
We understand music teachers are challenged by lack of financial resources both in and outside of the classroom. We also know teachers do this work because they value shaping our next generation through music. When establishing Music Teachers of Excellence, the CMA Foundation felt strongly that a monetary award should accompany the honor thus giving us the opportunity to invest both in the teacher and in the classroom.
To date, the CMA Foundation has honored 80 music teachers and given $425,000 to support these recipients.
- In 2016 our Music Teachers of Excellence recipients (50) received $2,000 stipend to support any needs they have.
- In 2017 our Music Teachers of Excellence recipients (31) received $5,000 ($2,500 to support their classroom needs; $2,500 un-restricted stipend)
- In 2018 our Music Teachers of Excellence recipients (34) received $5,000 ($2,500 to support their classroom needs; $2,500 un-restricted stipend)
Country superstar, Dierks Bentley will host the fourth annual CMA Foundation Music Teachers of Excellence awards, where we will celebrate and honor 30 music teachers throughout Tennessee and U.S., for their commitment to shaping the next generation through music. These change agents go above and beyond their role and responsibilities in the classroom and are vital to their students and communities.
The invite-only event will take place on Tuesday, April 30.
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