Ends on January 4, 2019

CMA Music Teachers of Excellence is part of an intentional effort to support quality teaching in music education throughout the country. Designed to celebrate teaching excellence, the award will recognize up to 30 teachers [10 Metro Nashville Public School Teachers; 10 Teachers from the State of Tennessee; 10 Teachers across the Nation] in a public recognition event and include a cash award of $2,500 FOR THE TEACHER AND AN ADDITIONAL $2,500 FOR EACH TEACHER’S SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAM.

Funded by the CMA Foundation, the award aims to honor music teachers who are committed to quality teaching and innovative approaches in the classroom. These individuals are constantly going above and beyond to influence and support their communities through music. 

When completing the application below, your answers and all supporting materials below should provide a comprehensive overview with clear evidence of each of the following judging criteria:


Exemplary teaching 

● Primary learning objectives are clear and relate to standards 

● Teacher sets clear and rigorous expectations for all students

● Musical concepts and performance practices are successfully identified and appropriate for the age level of the class or ensemble. 

● Teacher demonstrates a high level of musical knowledge and musicianship

● All interactions are positive and encouraging

Student learning and engagement

● Students are responsive and engaged

● Teacher demonstrates exemplary classroom management

● Student learning is assessed and feedback is provided

Positive contribution to school and community culture

● A positive and respectful culture in the classroom is evident

● The teacher and music program affect the entire school culture

● The teacher is a strong and active advocate for music education in their school and community

● The teacher serves as a consistent and positive role model for the community

Continued professional and personal growth 

● Participation in professional development opportunities

● Implementation of professional growth 

● Leading local, state, or national professional development 


The 2019 CMA Foundation Music Teachers of Excellence event will be held on Tuesday, April 30th at Marathon Music Works (1402 Clinton St, Nashville, TN 37203)