BY GINA K. WARD
Rowland Heights – The Rowland Unified School District is proud to announce that music teacher, Mark Anderson, is a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award™ by the Recording Academy® and the Grammy Foundation®.
Anderson is not only driven to inspire young musicians across the Rowland Unified School District, but he actually drives the innovative mobile music bus, “The Music Machine,” to bring music to six elementary schools each week. Anderson teaches Elementary Band, Orchestra and Mariachi. A classically-trained bass player, he is often called a “Renaissance Man,” since he can pick up and play any instrument. Anderson is honored to have been nominated by one of his students for this award.
“The most important thing for me to pass on to my students is a love for learning something new,” said Anderson. “That can be math, reading, auto mechanics, learning a new trick on your skateboard or learning to cook – anything – just falling in love with the process to learn something new. My goal is to give them the confidence to take on any challenge that they are faced with.”
A total of 222 music teachers from 208 cities across 41 states have been announced as quarterfinalists for this award. In total, more than 7,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K 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.
One recipient will be selected from ten finalists, and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students’ lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all ten finalists will also receive matching grants.