Saturn Elementary Teacher Joani Slawson Named Semifinalist for Grammy Music Educator Award
By Joyce Wilden // October 26, 2017
one of 25 music teachers selected as a semifinalist
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Joani Slawson, music teacher at Saturn Elementary in Cocoa, was selected as a semifinalist for the 2018 Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.
The award recognizes teachers 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.
Initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states, with 190 quarterfinalists named earlier this year.
Days ago, Slawson became one of 25 music teachers from 25 cities across 17 states selected as a semifinalist. The finalists will be announced in December. Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their impact on students’ lives.
The winner will be flown to New York to attend the 60th 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. Slawson was also a recipient of the Yale 2011 Distinguished Music Educator award.
She was one of only 50 music educators from across the nation selected for her outstanding accomplishments teaching music in public schools. In addition to teaching at Saturn, Slawson is a private voice teacher and the conductor of the non-profit Brevard Youth Chorus.
“I am tremendously honored to be one of the semifinalists for the Music Educator Award,” said Slawson.
“I am in the company of the nation’s best music teachers; people like me who appreciate the opportunity to impact young lives and do what we love every day.”
The Brevard Youth Chorus is a select group of youth singers who perform at venues and events throughout Brevard. Recent performances include the Cultural Arts Showcase at the King Center, holiday concerts with the Indialantic Chamber Singers, Relay for Life and more.
Call 321-432-2770 for more information or visit www.BrevardYouthChorus.org
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