Hamilton College music professor a GRAMMY Music Educator Award quarterfinalist


Clinton >> Hamilton College professor of music, “Doc” Michael Woods, has been recognized for excellence in music education, and nominated for the 2016 GRAMMY Music Educator Award.


Woods, who has four degrees in music including a DMA from The University of Oklahoma, has taught music at the college level for 35 years. He joined Hamilton College in 1993, was tenured in 1998, and has since been promoted to the rank of professor.

More than 4500 nominations from 50 states were received by The Recording Academy and The Grammy Foundation; Woods, who was nominated by a former student, was selected as a quarterfinalist.

Woods volunteers his services throughout the community and mentors, teaches and encourages excellence in others, in and outside of the classroom. “I am humbled to have been nominated, and will continue to create new ways to support, engage, and enhance the interests and talents of my students, and inspire others to achieve their goals,” he said.

The 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. A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, this special award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception (honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY Award) during GRAMMY Week 2016.

Each year, one recipient will be selected from finalists, and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students’ lives. The winner will be flown to host city of the GRAMMY Awards to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine other finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants. The honorariums and grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Foundation’s Education Champions: Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company Fund, and Journeys.

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