Dr. T.G. Engel, instructor of music at Martin Methodist College (MMC), is one of 197 quarter-finalists from across the nation for the Music Educator Award ™ announced Wednesday, May 31 by the Recording Academy® and the Grammy Foundation®.

More than 2,300 music teachers from all 50 states were initially nominated for the fifth annual Music Educator Award™.  The award was created by The Recording Academy® and the Grammy Foundation® to recognize current music educators—kindergarten through college, public and private schools—who have contributed significantly to the field of music education and who are committed to increasing awareness about the importance of offering music education at all levels of education.

"I am honored and flattered to be a quarter-finalist for a Grammy Award for teaching,” Engel said. “My love of music has guided me to many countries and institutions and has also introduced me to a lot of wonderful students and administrators. This is a dream come true!”

Engel holds a Doctor and a Master of Musical Arts in guitar both from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Musical Arts from Vanderbilt University. He has taught and performed all over the world and has two gold records with country music artist Kenny Rogers. In addition to teaching at MMC, he also teaches private guitar lessons at Ingram Sowell Elementary School in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

Fifteen semi-finalists will be announced in September and will each receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants. The ten finalists will be announced in December, and one out of those ten will be selected as the award recipient. The winner will travel to the city hosting the 2018 Grammy Awards, attend the Grammy Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The other nine finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of the ten finalists will be awarded matching grants.

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