MMEA Outstanding Young Music Educator


OBJECTIVE:   To recognize and acknowledge outstanding teaching of one or more young music educators who have shown extraordinary promise, diligence, and success.



  • Must have completed at least 3 but no more than 7 years of teaching.
  • At least two of those years must have been in a public or private Missouri institution.
  • Must be a current member of MMEA/ NAfME.
  • Must have been a member of MMEA/NAfME for at least two years.
  • Exemplify the profession’s highest standards of teaching, learning and professionalism.
  • This award is intended to award and recognize outstanding teaching in all areas and not be awarded solely based on performing ensemble recognition.  


Submission Instructions:

  • All materials and letters of recommendation should be submitted online through the MMEA Website.
  • All applications and materials must be submitted by December 1.
  • Nominations will be accepted from any current MMEA/ NAfME member.  
  • The application should be completed by each member submitting a nomination.  The application can be found at
  • Each application should be accompanied by at least two letters of recommendation.  It is recommended but not required that at least one letter of recommendation be completed by a current administrator or supervisor.



The MMEA President will notify the recipient of the award.
Recognition will take place at the First General Session of the annual MMEA In-Service Workshop/Conference.
The recipient should make arrangements to be present to accept this recognition.
Recognition of the recipient will also appear in the May issue of MSM magazine.