State Awards

CMEA members can nominate candidates that they feel are worthy of a state award. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, November 13, 2020. The candidate will then receive notice of this nomination. On the award nomination notice, the candidate will be asked to submit biographical and philosophical information, as well as a photo, that would be submitted to CMEA Executive Administrator Trish Adams by the deadline of Tuesday, December 1, 2020 for the candidate to be considered for that award by the CMEA Executive Board. In the case of a non-music educator nominee, e.g., an administrator, a legislator, an industry representative, the nominator will be asked to provide the biographical information and photo.  The 2021 CMEA State Award Winners will be recognized in a virtual ceremony on February 18, 2021. More details will be provided soon.



CMEA/PERIPOLE GENERAL MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD
Honoring Excellence In General Classroom Music Education

CMEA MUSIC INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP AWARD
Honoring An Organization/Individual For Outstanding Leadership In Music Education

CMEA ELEMENTARY MUSIC SPECIALIST AWARD
Honoring Excellence In Elementary Instrumental and Choral Music Instruction.

CMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSIC SPECIALIST AWARD
Honoring Excellence In Middle School Instrumental and Choral Music Instruction.

CMEA/MAYNARD MORELAND CLASSROOM TEACHER AWARD
Honoring Musical Excellence In Elementary Classroom Education. Honoring an Elementary Classroom Teacher Who Uses Music As An Integral Part of the Curriculum.

CMEA/RICHARD L. LEVIN ORCHESTRA EDUCATOR AWARD
Honoring Excellence In Orchestra Education and Performance

CMEA/JOHN SWAIN COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY EDUCATOR AWARD
Honoring Excellence in Music Education At The College/University Level

CMEA LEGISLATIVE MUSIC LEADERSHIP AWARD
Honoring an elected representative at the state or national level who has been a positive force in leadership for music education.

CMEA COLLEGIATE NAfME CHAPTER AWARD
Honoring Excellence in Chapter Participation, Commitment, Creativity, Impact, Organization, Uniqueness, and Visibility

CMEA PAUL A. SHAGHOIAN JAZZ EDUCATOR AWARD
Honoring Excellence In Jazz Education And Performance

CMEA/AUBREY PENMAN RETIRED MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD
Honoring Continued Influence In Developing Teachers

CMEA/PEARSON/SCOTT FORESMAN/SILVER BURDETT CHORAL EDUCATOR AWARD
Honoring Excellence In Choral Education And Performance

CMEA BYRON HOYT/DON SCHMEER BAND EDUCATOR AWARD
Honoring Excellence in Instrumental Education And Performance

CMEA ERNEST R. YEE ILLUMINATING CULTURE AWARD
Honoring Excellence in Connecting Student Talent While Honoring Culture and Ethnic Heritage – This award seeks to identify Music Education that deliberately and passionately incorporates the cultural fabric that students represent in their pursuit of educational excellence. It seeks to recognize professionals and programs that integrate the personal and historical cultural perspectives of their students and community through music. It further seeks to recognize programs that use methods that connect student talent while honoring culture and ethnic heritage.

CMEA INNOVATIONS AWARD
Honoring Excellence in Music Education Innovations – Innovations: Music educator who identifies, promotes, and expands innovative pathways and practices/processes in music, ensuring all students receive a high-quality music education.

CMEA OUTSTANDING ADMINISTRATOR AWARD
Honoring A Music Supervisor or Non-Music Educator Who, As A School Administrator, Has Contributed Powerfully To The Support Of Music Education

CMEA HALL OF FAME AWARD
Honoring Lifetime Achievement In Music Education