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Jazz director at Noblesville High School is a semifinalist for the Grammy Educator Award



Noblesville, Indiana – The assistant band director and jazz director of Noblesville High School have been recognized as national semifinalists for the 2024 GRAMMY Music Educator Awards, according to a statement released by Noblesville Schools.

Out of the more than 2,000 nominees nationwide, Bethany Robinson is one of the 25 semifinalists chosen. She is going to compete for first place, which comes with a matching grant for the high school and an honorarium of $10,000.

Previously, Robinson was a semifinalist for the 2023 Grammy Award and a finalist for the 2022 Grammy Award.

“I am so grateful to be included as a semifinalist for the 2024 GRAMMY Music Educator Award,” Robinson said. “I could not be more thankful to be surrounded by supportive students, families, community, and administration who have encouraged me and shared joy as I’ve learned how to empower students through music education. I’m looking forward to this continued journey and appreciate all the support along the way.”

In 2005, Robinson started working as a music teacher at Noblesville Schools. In addition, she served as the previous president of the Indiana Jazz Educators Association and as chair of the National Association for Music Education’s Jazz Council.

“Bethany has grown the NHS jazz program exponentially in her time at NHS and has led her students to national recognition for their accomplishments,” said Craig McCaffrey, principal at Noblesville High School.“ She is an outstanding educator, performer, leader, and advocate for music education. We’re proud of her ongoing accomplishments and are excited to celebrate her success.”

The GRAMMY Music Educator Award honors working educators who have advanced the area of music education and shown a dedication to the larger goal of preserving music education in classrooms.

The 2024 winner will be revealed early in the following year, with the top 10 candidates being revealed in December.