What is a Music Teacher of Excellence?

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?


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.

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 3 years based on the following judging criteria:

Exemplary Teaching

  • Primary learning objectives are clear and relate to standards
  • Teacher sets clear and rigorous expectations for all students
  • Musical concepts and performance practices are successfully identified and appropriate for the age level of the class or ensemble.
  • Teacher demonstrates a high level of musical knowledge and musicianship
  • All interactions are positive and encouraging

Student Learning and Engagement

  • Students are responsive and engaged
  • Teacher demonstrates exemplary classroom management
  • Student learning is assessed and feedback is provided

Positive Contribution to School and Community culture

  • A positive and respectful culture in the classroom is evident
  • The teacher and music program affect the entire school culture
  • The teacher is a strong and active advocate for music education in their school and community
  • The teacher serves as a consistent and positive role model for the community

Continued Professional and Personal Growth

  • Participation in professional development opportunities
  • Implementation of professional growth
  • Leading local, state, or national professional development

The application process includes narrative responses, recommendations, and a video lesson demonstration. The application process closes on November 18, 2019. Judging will take place from November 19, 2019 – January 10, 2020 with recipients revealed in February.

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For more information on Music Teachers of Excellence application contact
Falon Keith, Grants Associate


(615) 263-3631