Music Educator Of The Year Award

1997    Catherine Brodie

1999    John Fedosky

2000    Tina Lewis

2002    Norma Freeman

2003    Steven Waters

2004    Karen Ambs

2005    Linda Louisell

2006    Andrea Hofmeister

2007    Daniel Steele

2008    John A. Lychner

2009    Ellen Owen

2010    Jeannine M. Coughlin

2011    Judith Thompson-Barthwell

2012    Wendee Wolf-Schlarf

2013    Diane Schrems

2014    Cindy Taggart

2015    Colleen Conway

2016    Judy Palac

*Year listed is the year the award was given, presented at the MMC the following year (2 months later). For example, 2014 awards would have been presented at the 2015 MMC.


Background and Purpose: 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. Any member of MMEA is eligible. Nominations must be submitted by a MMEA member.

The nominee should:

  1. Be a current member in good standing of MMEA/NAfME (We request that nominee be present at the annual MMEA luncheon to receive the award at the Michigan Music Conference. )
  2. Have a commitment and dedication to her or his students.
  3. Have been in music education for 11 or more years.
  4. Meet the needs and interests of students in a creative manner, bring about learning, growth, and development in all areas
  5. Be aware and cognizant of the literature, research and current issues in the field of music education.
  6. Contribute personal effort and time beyond the normal teaching duties in promoting music education and the arts in her or his school system, community, region and/or state.

You may be requested at a later date to submit the following documentation supporting your nomination:

  1. Summary of reasons you feel the above candidate should receive award.
  2. Resume of the candidate including education and employment history, administrative support, etc.
  3. Three or more letters of endorsement and recommendation from persons familiar with the nominee’s work. One of these must be from an administrator. Other sources could be community members, parents, or colleagues.


Online Nomination Form