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Our town music teacher won a Grammy

27 Jan 14 - 06:29 PM (#3595966)
Subject: Our town music teacher won a Grammy
From: olddude

Kent is the music teacher from our local high school. He taught everyone of my kids when they were in HS. He won the first ever Grammy Educator award last night. We were all thrilled.

Kent


27 Jan 14 - 06:45 PM (#3595975)
Subject: RE: Our town music teacher won a Grammy
From: Sandra in Sydney

unsung hero gets acknowledged!


27 Jan 14 - 07:39 PM (#3595988)
Subject: RE: Our town music teacher won a Grammy
From: GUEST,Stim

You're lucky to have a such a wonderful, gifted, and giving music teacher. And it is very true that music teachers are generally overlooked. There is a wide spread view that music comes from people because they are "talented", and very little understanding that music is a skill that has to be learned, note by note, one-on-one.

Sadly, fewer and fewer schools have real music teachers. Good that the Grammy's(and don't get me started about the Grammy's)have decided to give them some recognition.


27 Jan 14 - 07:40 PM (#3595989)
Subject: RE: Our town music teacher won a Grammy
From: GUEST,olddude

and in a town of 2500 people ... that is awesome


28 Jan 14 - 12:41 AM (#3596040)
Subject: RE: Our town music teacher won a Grammy
From: GUEST

Fantastic!

~ Becky in Long Beach


28 Jan 14 - 02:12 AM (#3596057)
Subject: RE: Our town music teacher won a Grammy
From: GUEST,leeneia

How nice!


28 Jan 14 - 03:26 AM (#3596070)
Subject: RE: Our town music teacher won a Grammy
From: GUEST,FloraG

Kent used to have a really good music education system. Children who had the wish could get low cost lessons on an instrument at their school during the school day. The school might even lend an instrument.
Schools were then delegated their budgets and had to decide how to spend their money. Many decided they had to mend the leaks in the roof rather than on music. Instrument tuition became the preserve of the well off. The grammar schools where most of the rich went could keep their music going. The rest mostly failed. The class music teacher had to teach the national curriculum - a little bit about lots - not much about anything. It left little time for the promotion of real skills.
Any teacher who had enough energy left after a time table of such teaching deserves every award going.
FloraG


28 Jan 14 - 03:24 PM (#3596319)
Subject: RE: Our town music teacher won a Grammy
From: Bert

That is great. Our music teacher at school kinda gave up trying to instill culture into 30 boys, so he would have us gather around the piano and sing folk songs. Which is why I can sing but my guitar playing is rather primitive.


28 Jan 14 - 08:23 PM (#3596388)
Subject: RE: Our town music teacher won a Grammy
From: olddude

If you know of an outstanding music teacher, his students applied for him. They do it by open nomination. I guess they had 41,000 nominations and our teacher won. The teacher got the grammy, 10K for him and 10K for the district so it is an open nomination process to a teacher you really like, go online and look I know on youtube there was something posted also

Dan


28 Jan 14 - 09:32 PM (#3596403)
Subject: RE: Our town music teacher won a Grammy
From: Dan Schatz

That is truly wonderful!

Dan


28 Jan 14 - 09:40 PM (#3596405)
Subject: RE: Our town music teacher won a Grammy
From: ChanteyLass

That's great!


28 Jan 14 - 10:13 PM (#3596414)
Subject: RE: Our town music teacher won a Grammy
From: BrooklynJay

I never watch the Grammys anymore, but for some reason I decided to watch some of it the other night. Watching that teacher get an award was one of the best moments of the show. Made it all worthwhile to see that the Grammy folks are finally going to take notice of those special and worthy educators out there!


Jay


29 Jan 14 - 12:57 PM (#3596561)
Subject: RE: Our town music teacher won a Grammy
From: gnu

I watched a wee bit. LOVED one act and then, as usual, turned off the TV. Sad I missed such a great moment and, it's about time this category was added!


29 Jan 14 - 03:45 PM (#3596605)
Subject: RE: Our town music teacher won a Grammy
From: DebC

You made me wear a big smile with this. Thank you.

Deb Cowan


30 Jan 14 - 06:49 AM (#3596744)
Subject: RE: Our town music teacher won a Grammy
From: sciencegeek

was pleasantly surprised when I read that little ole Westfield had made the news.... :D

Mike's folks retired to Westfield back in the early '70s... though he grew up a little north of there in Forrestville.

Another first for western New York... LOL


30 Jan 14 - 07:07 AM (#3596748)
Subject: RE: Our town music teacher won a Grammy
From: Waddon Pete

That's really special Olddude.

Best wishes,

Peter


30 Jan 14 - 11:22 AM (#3596788)
Subject: RE: Our town music teacher won a Grammy
From: Pete Jennings

Great story and a great category for the awards.


30 Jan 14 - 11:34 AM (#3596792)
Subject: RE: Our town music teacher won a Grammy
From: GUEST,Grishka

GUEST,Stim
Date: 27 Jan 14 - 07:39 PM

You're lucky to have a such a wonderful, gifted, and giving music teacher. And it is very true that music teachers are generally overlooked. There is a wide spread view that music comes from people because they are "talented", and very little understanding that music is a skill that has to be learned, note by note, one-on-one.

Sadly, fewer and fewer schools have real music teachers. Good that the Grammy's (and don't get me started about the Grammy's) have decided to give them some recognition.
Stim, you beat me to it. Nothing to add, just to emphasize.