Purpose of the Award:
An annual recognition of creative music curriculum that foster imaginative, creative and innovative teaching practices in music education. Awards may recognize classroom experiences, extensions of the classroom, and school/community/business relationships or partnerships.
Who is Eligible:
At least one nominee must be a NAfME/WMEA member or NAfME Collegiate member. Self nominations are accepted and encouraged.
Selection will be based on evidence of imaginative, creative and innovative teaching practices in a music education setting. Nominees will be asked to submit the following:
- One page nomination application; nomination can allow for self-nomination and nomination of others.
- One or two page summary of the creative teaching and learning practice. Evidence of student learning is the most important of all the criteria.
- Two letters of recommendation supporting the creative teaching practice and highlighting student learning.
All materials must be submitted by July 1.
Applications submitted after July 1 will be considered for the following year.
Presentation of Award:
Award will be presented at the Wisconsin State Music Conference in October.
Video footage highlighting the creative music program will be created and recognized on the WMEA website. Award recipients will also be highlighted in the September or January issue of Wisconsin School Musician.
Previous Award Recipients
|2021||"Make Music Oregon"
COVID-19 Teaching and Learning (ALL Wisconsin Music Educators )
|2020||"Non-semble” Curriculum - Middleton High School Educators
Michael Ver Voort
|2018||Lakeview Elementary After-School Arts, Madison|
|2017||Anthony Cao, Madison|
|2016||Michael Hayden, Wauwatosa
Brad Thew, Viroqua
|2015||Chris Gleason, Sun Prairie
Aaron Juhl, Chilton
|2014||Christine Hayes, Whitewater
Matt McVeigh, Fond du Lac
|2013||Jackie Vandenberg, Jackson
Robert Rosen, Stevens Point
Karla Hulne; Belltallica Handbell Choir
Anthony Cao; Madison West Choral/Contemporary Studies
Michael Ross; Adopt a School Choir Program-MYC/Lincoln Elementary