Sun Prairie music teacher selected as semifinalist for Music Educator Award presented by Grammy Museum

The Recording Academy and Grammy Museum announced the semifinalists for the Music Educator Award Wednesday, and this year's list includes a music teacher from Sun Prairie's Patrick Marsh Middle School.
Sun Prairie teacher finalist for National Teacher of the Year award
Courtesy of Chris Gleason/Archive photo

The Recording Academy and Grammy Museum announced the semifinalists for the Music Educator Award Wednesday, and this year’s list includes a music teacher from Sun Prairie’s Patrick Marsh Middle School.

According to a release, 25 music teachers were selected from 24 cities across 16 states. There were originally more than 1,135 nominations for the award.

Chris Gleason, a music educator from Sun Prairie, is one of the semifinalists this year. This is not the first time Gleason has been selected as a semifinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award. He was also up for the award in 2017, the same year that he was Wisconsin’s Teacher of the Year.

The Music Educator Award recognizes educators who have made contributions to the music educator field and are committed to maintaining music education in the schools.

The list is narrowed down from 25 to 10 finalists and then one final recipient will be chosen and recognized during Grammy Week, the last week of January in 2022. The recipient receives a $10,000 honorarium and a grant for their school’s music program. The nine other finalists will be awarded a $1,000 honorarium and matching grants. The remaining 15 semifinalists will get a $500 honorarium with matching grants.

The finalists will be announced in December.

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