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Rachel Maxwell and Kevin Schoenbach listed as Grammy Music Educator Award 2021 Quarterfinalists

SD308 Community Unit School District

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Rachel Maxwell and Kevin Schoenbach listed as Grammy Music Educator Award 2021 Quarterfinalist

 Rachel Maxwell      Kevin Schoenbach


Oswego, Ill. (June 22, 2020) — Oswego Community Unit School District 308 is honored to have Rachel Maxwell, Traughber Junior High School, and Kevin Schoenbach, Oswego High School, announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award (MEA) presented by the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum.  A total of 216 music teachers from 199 cities were announced as quarterfinalists out of nearly 2,000 nominations submitted.

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, 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 the schools. A joint partnership and presentation of the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum, the recipient will be recognized during GRAMMY® Week 2021.

The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application.

Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their remarkable impact on students' lives. The honoree will be flown to Los Angeles to attend the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® and a range of GRAMMY Week events. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.

Fifteen semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants. The matching grants provided to the schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Museum’s Education Champion Ford Motor Company Fund. In addition, the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies.

Congratulations to Rachel Maxwell and Kevin Schoenbach on this accomplishment.  The semifinalists will be announced in September.

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