Music educators pleased with new Grammy award

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Homewood band director Ron Pence says it’s incredible that the Grammys are honoring the people who bring music to the world.

The Grammys will be awarding the Grammy Music Educator Award for the first time this year. It will be presented to an educator who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music.

Vestavia Hills choral director Megan Rudolph is also a fan of the new award.

Rudolph says the award is important because it highlights those who make an impact. However, she says it isn’t the reason many educators do their job.

“We never do this job to be recognized. It’s all about the students and what we can do for the students,” Rudolph said.

Putting the focus on the student is a benefit to all in music classes – from those who are obsessed with music to those who are just gauging their interest.

In the end, educators know that not every educator will make it to the Grammys. They just want to give the kids they teach a step in the right direction in their walk through life.

“We take it upon ourselves, as our jobs, to teach [students] these skills through teaching them music, and I think that’s so wonderful and what makes us so unique,” Rudolph said.

Those opportunities to enrich lives are what keep many music educators leading in the classroom.

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