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AMERICUS (June 9, 2014)—Assistant Professor of Music and Jazz Band Director Mark Laughlin, DMA, of Georgia Southwestern State University has been named a quarterfinalist for the second annual Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.

A total of 222 music teachers from 208 cities across 41 states were announced as quarterfinalists. More than 7,000 nominations were submitted from 50 states.

“I was very surprised and honored to be selected as a quarterfinalist for the GRAMMY Foundation’s Music Educator Award,” Laughlin said. “To be one of 222 quarterfinalists from 7,000 nominations from all 50 States is a great honor. There are so many wonderful, talented, and creative music educators throughout the United States, and to be recognized by the GRAMMY Foundation among those individuals is one of the highlights of my career.”

In addition to his role as a music educator at Georgia Southwestern, Laughlin serves as GSW’s Jazz Band director and can be seen frequently leading the GSW Jazz Band in the region. As a jazz pianist, Laughlin has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Asia including performances in Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Laughlin holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of North Alabama, a master’s degree from the University of Memphis and doctoral degree from the University of South Carolina.

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.

“Dr. Mark Laughlin being named a quarterfinalist for this prestigious award highlights the quality of the faculty at GSW and the quality of the music program,” said Kelly McCoy, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “It’s important to remember that this award provides more than just recognition for being a good teacher. It also recognizes people who, through their teaching, have a significant impact on their community and make a lasting contribution to music education. Mark certainly fulfills those criteria, and it’s very exciting that he is being considered for this award.”

One recipient will be selected from 10 finalists and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students' lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine 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.

This winner will be presented with the award at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees Reception honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY Award during GRAMMY Week 2015.

For more information, please call (229) 931-2037.


Caption—GSW Assistant Professor of Music Mark Laughlin, quarterfinalist for the GRAMMY Foundation’s Music Educator Award.

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