Dundee Central School band teacher Patrick Dunham has been named as a quarterfinalist for the 2019 Grammy Music Educator Award. He is one of just 188 music teachers nationwide and just seven from New York who have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and Grammy Museum.
In total, more than 2,800 initial nominations were submitted.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) 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. The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators.
“I’m absolutely honored and humbled to be named as a quarterfinalist,” says Dunham, adding, “A solid education in music promotes cognition in every aspect of our lives. My hope is for leading educators around the world to recognize this as a fact, not only in words but in actions and policies. Teaching at Dundee allows me to promote this philosophy in an amazingly supportive small-town community.”