Grammy Educator of the Year Winner!
Phillip Riggs of North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, N.C., has been announced as the recipient of the third annual GRAMMY Music Educator Award. Riggs spent time with Dr. Rod Berger, as part of #MusicInOurSchoolsMonth, talking about his professional journey and discussed the role music plays in the greater ecosystem of education in the U.S. and abroad.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education. The winner receives a $10,000 honorarium and a $10,000 grant for his or her school and is flown to Los Angeles to receive the award and attend the Grammy award ceremony. The ten finalists, as well as their schools, each receive a $1,000 honorarium.
Riggs was chosen out of more than 4,500 nominations from across the nation. Sarah Bean Stafford, a former student of Riggs and now a music educator herself, nominated him for the award. “There is no greater recognition than being nominated by a former student who is now a successful music teacher,” Riggs told the GRAMMY Foundation. “My efforts to foster music education in North Carolina really stand on the shoulders of numerous students, parents, peers, administrators, and communities that value quality music in our society.”
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