Ann Arbor teacher selected as semi-finalist in application for National Music Educator Award

ANN ARBOR – Long-time music teacher at Thurston Elementary, Yael Rothfeld, was nominated as a semi-finalist for the Music Educator Award 2022 of the GRAMMY Museum and the Recording Academy.

After being named a quarter-finalist in July, Rothfeld was selected as a semi-finalist from a group of 25 teachers from 16 states. The GRAMMY Museum and Recording Academy narrowed their top picks after receiving more than 1,135 nominations for educators in 49 states.

Rothfeld, the only Michigan educator to make it to the semifinals, said she was “a little shocked” to learn of her quarter-finalist appointment earlier this summer.

“I felt really honored and especially after this difficult year with COVID I find it a nice confirmation that all the hard work I do is seen,” she told A4 in July.

According to a press release, the Music Educator Award recognizes “current educators who have made significant and lasting contributions to the field of music education and who are committed to the wider cause of maintaining music education in schools.”


Every year, one winner is selected from 10 finalists. The grand prize is a fee of $ 10,000 and a corresponding scholarship for the music program at the winner’s school. In addition, the nine remaining finalists will each receive an honorarium and related grant of $ 1,000, and the remaining 15 semi-finalists will receive an honorarium and related school grant of $ 500.

The Ford Motor Company Fund, the educational champion of the GRAMMY Museum, funds the grants each year.

The finalists for the Music Educator Award 2022 will be announced in December. More information is available at

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