In the Running for GRAMMY Music Educator Award

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Congratulations to Syosset High School music teacher Larry Ballereau, who has been named a quarterfinalist in the prestigious GRAMMY Music Educator Award competition. Ballereau is one of just 290 music teachers from 264 cities across 41 states to be named quarterfinalists for the award, which is presented by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.

The GRAMMY Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation will honor the recipient of the GRAMMY Music Educator Award during GRAMMY Week 2017.

“It is no surprise that Mr. Ballereau has received national recognition as one of the top music educators in the country,” said Syosset Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts Michael Salzman. “He now has an opportunity to represent Syosset on the music industry’s biggest stage, during its most prestigious awards ceremony. On behalf of the entire music department, I congratulate him and wish him well during the remainder of the competition.”

The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their remarkable impact on students' lives. The honoree will be flown to the host city of the GRAMMY Awards to be recognized during GRAMMY Week 2017 and will also attend the 59th annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony, among other GRAMMY Foundation events. In total, more than 3,300 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.