Next Music Teachers of Excellence application opens September 10

Our 2024 class of Music Teachers of Excellence will be announced on May 7


The Music Teachers of Excellence award supports educators who demonstrate exemplary teaching and student learning, and are committed to making a positive impact on their school and community while raising awareness for the broader cause of music education. In addition, the ideal candidate can confidently overcome challenges in the classroom and is constantly seeking opportunities to continue to develop themselves professionally. We’re calling on ALL extraordinary, inspirational music teachers for this year’s Music Teachers of Excellence. Does that sound like a someone you know? Are you that teacher?



Next Music Teachers of Excellence application opens September 10.


The Music Teachers of Excellence award is open to full-time, public-school music teachers who have at least 4 years of experience. Teachers who have won three years in a row must take (1) year off from applying.

Evaluation Criteria
The entirety of this application and process has been reviewed by and based on the recommendations of teachers. The application responses and all supporting materials should provide a comprehensive overview with clear evidence from the past year based on the following focus areas:

Professional and Personal Growth

  • Contributing to local, state and national music organizations and conferences
  • Continued education through advanced degrees or certifications
  • Seeks musical and non-musical self-learning opportunities to enhance effectiveness in the classroom
  • Volunteering in your local community, such as serving local organizations, schools, committees, etc.

School and Community Contributions

  • Cultivates a culture of appreciation for music learning and participation within the school environment
  • Functions as a consistent and positive role model though community engagement and/or service-learning opportunities
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to music education for ALL through advocacy in both school and community settings

Student Learning and Engagement

  • Utilizes teaching strategies that actively engage students in learning with and from their peers
  • Creates an inclusive learning community in which all students are valued and can experience success
  • Develops lessons that promotes student curiosity, interest, and creativity
  • Demonstrates effective classroom management based on clear expectations for all students
  • Uses standards-based learning objectives and valid assessment tools as a means to provide student feedback in order to inform teacher lesson implementation
  • Implements best teaching and performance practices to provide age-appropriate learning activities in non-performance and performance-based music classes
  • $5,000 award ($2,500 to classroom, $2,500 to support you personally)
  • World-class professional development day
  • Professional headshots
  • Networking opportunities with other educators and notable industry
  • A red carpet evening event in Nashville to celebrate your achievement
  • Media and press coverage
  • Recognition and appreciation for the hard work you do

For more information about the Music Teachers of Excellence application, please contact the CMA Foundation team.


(615) 263-3631