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
2018 Amy Fenton
*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:
- 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. )
- Have a commitment and dedication to her or his students.
- Have been in music education for 11 or more years.
- Meet the needs and interests of students in a creative manner, bring about learning, growth, and development in all areas
- Be aware and cognizant of the literature, research and current issues in the field of music education.
- 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:
- Summary of reasons you feel the above candidate should receive award.
- Candidate’s resume including education and employment history, administrative support, etc.
- 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.