MMEA Awards



MMEA offers five awards to recognize notable achievements and support for music education.  These five awards, presented in no particular order, include the Award of Merit, the Outstanding Administrator MMEA Recognition Award, the Hilda E. Humphrey Service Award, the Music Educator of the Year Award, and the Friend of Music Education Award.  All awards will be presented at the MMEA coffee hour during the Michigan Music Conference in January (Grand Rapids).  Additional information on each award can be found at the links below. Please note: All nominations must be submitted by a member of MMEA.




Pictured from left are Dr. Christina Hornbach (Award of Merit, 2016) and Judy Palac (2016 Music Educator of the Year)


Nominations are NOW being accepted for our 2018 awards. Please click on each individual award (below) to access a nomination form. All nominations must be received by October 30.

All awards will be presented at the MMEA Social Hour, to be held at the 13thannual Michigan Music Conference on Friday, January 25, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Music teachers from across Michigan, as well as special guests from the recipients’ schools, will be on hand to witness and assist with the award presentations. We invite all MMEA members to attend this free social hour to honor our award recipients.


Award of Merit

To recognize an individual who has given exemplary service to the MMEA and music education in Michigan. 

Outstanding Administrator Award

To recognize administrative support for music education. This award will be made to individuals who have demonstrated active, on-going support for balanced music programs. 

MMEA Recognition Award

To recognize those who have given 25 years of service to music education.

Hilda E. Humphrey Service Award

To recognize early career teachers who have become involved in the work of the Michigan Music Educators Association

Music Educator of the Year Award

To recognize outstanding merit in music teaching, this award will be made to individuals who have served their students, communities and profession in a exemplary manner. 

Friend of Music Education Award

To recognize an individual, organization, school board, or corporation who has contributed in a significant way to the support of music education in Michigan.