Awards

UMEA Annual Awards Descriptions
In February each year, UMEA presents awards in the following categories for the previous
academic year.

You MUST be a member of UMEA to nominate someone for an award.

Nominees MUST also be members of UMEA

Awards will be decided by UMEA Voting Board Members through the following process.

  1. Nominations will be discussed by the board at the November Board meeting.
  2. The Voting Members of the board will discuss each nominee.
  3. The Voting Members of the board have the option to make nominations in the November meeting if there are too few nominations in a category.
  4. The Voting Members of the board will determine Awards Recipients.


Elementary Music Award
Awarded to an elementary teacher or elementary music specialist whose contributions expand and
enrich the elementary music experience. The recipient must be a UMEA member.
Junior High/Middle School Music Award
Awarded to a junior high/middle school music teacher who has consistently demonstrated distinct,
commendable achievement and service to students and to the profession; someone who has
participated in and contributed to activities sponsored by UMEA. The recipient must be a
member of UMEA.
Senior High School Music Award
Awarded to a high school music teacher who has consistently demonstrated distinct, commendable
achievement and service to students and the profession; someone who has participated in and
contributed to the activities sponsored by UMEA. The recipient must be a member of UMEA.

Outstanding Music Educator Award
Top state award endowed for an outstanding music educator’s long-term, meritorious service,
assistance, and inspiration to students, to the state, and to music teachers. The recipient must be an
active member of UMEA who has demonstrated an enduring commitment to music education
excellence.
Superior Accomplishment Award
Awarded for one, specifically outstanding accomplishment. This award could be granted for
accomplishments such as: special scholarship; grants; recognition from other professional
organizations; national or regional convention performances; prestigious conducting invitations;
workshop presentations. The award recipient must be a member of UMEA.
Outstanding Administrator Award
Awarded to school administrator or administrators who have demonstrated commitment to and support of music education in the schools. Nomination may be for long-term music program support or for
an outstanding, one-time contribution. Recipients do not need to be a member of any professional
music organization.
Service to Music Education Award
Given to a non-UMEA member; someone outside the music education profession who has given
special service, assistance, and opportunities to further enhance music education and the fine arts.
Presidential Award
Awarded at the discretion of the UMEA President.