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NAfME joins with Society to honor life-changing music educators

Music Educator of the Year Nominations

Nominate the music teacher who made a difference in your life!

The Barbershop Harmony Society works to build an awareness of the intrinsic value of singing and provide inclusive opportunities to participate in the joy of harmony.

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In partnership and collaboration with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), an annual award has been established to honor educators who give students the opportunity to learn and participate in the joy and power that music education brings in uplifting the human spirit and fostering the wellbeing of society.

Learn more about how you can nominate a deserving teacher for the BHS/NAfME Music Educator of the Year award below!


  • Recipient must be a music educator and member in good standing of NAfME
  • Recipient must be a Member or an Associate in good standing of the Barbershop Harmony Society
  • Recipient must demonstrate the highest values of professionalism, commitment, cooperation, and inspiration in instilling the virtues of lifelong singing, teamwork, and joy in the creation of vocal harmony.

Chandler High School's Lori Lyford receives the 2019 BHS/NAfME Music Educator of the Year award

Gaither High School's Debbie Cleveland receives the 2018 BHS/NAfME Music Educator of the Year award

Nomination Process

  • Members and Associates of the Barbershop Harmony Society should submit nominations for the 2020 Barbershop Harmony Society/NAfME Music Educator Award by November 1, 2019.
  • Nominations should discuss in depth the ways the nominee is making a difference in people’s lives, inspiring a lifelong love of vocal harmony, and uplifting spirits.
  • Anecdotes, videos, or testimonials from students or families affected are welcomed! Be thorough--be joyful!
  • The nominees should be considered carefully each year. Many qualified nominees are expected, so please do not hesitate to update and resubmit the nominations of outstanding educators not previously honored.

You may make a nomination online using this entry form, or request a hard-copy form and further details at