Bartlett is quarter-finalist for Music Educator GRAMMY, receives Legacy Award

Bartlett is quarter-finalist for Music Educator GRAMMY, receives Legacy Award

June 5, 2017, 9:00 a.m. CDT
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Peru, Nebraska- For the second year in a row, Dr. Jacob Bartlett, assistant professor of music at Peru State College, is a quarter-finalist for the Music Educator GRAMMY Award presented by GRAMMY in the Schools, The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. Bartlett is one of two quarter-finalists from Nebraska.

Dr. Jacob Bartlett

Dr. Jacob Bartlett

The Music Educator Award is open to current U.S. music teachers. Students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans and administrators can nominate a teacher. Once a nomination has been made, the teacher can fill out an application to the Foundation.

According to the GRAMMY Foundation, “a total of 197 music teachers from 187 cities across 45 states have been announced as quarter-finalists for the Music Educator Award. More than 2,300 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.”

In an interview with CBS This Morning, Bartlett said, “You never know when you’ve impacted a student in such a way that they put in an effort to make a nomination.”

“Music teaches more than notes and rhythms. Music helps us emote. It really helps us to express our feelings in ways we may not be able to do without,” Bartlett said.

Since this is Bartlett’s second year as a quarterfinalist, he will receive the Legacy Award.

The 197 quarter-finalists will drop down to ten finalists and the Music Educator Award recipient will attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards in New York as well as other GRAMMY Week events. The semi-finalists will be announced in September 2017.

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1988 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture—from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs like GRAMMY in the Schools. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with the Recording Academy to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage.

For more information about the organizations, the award process and potential prizes, visit