Evans teacher up for Grammy's Music Educator Award
Johnny Holloway, chorus teacher at Evans Middle School in Newnan, is a quarterfinalist for the inaugural national Grammy Music Educator Award.
He is among nominees from across the United States for the new award, which is being presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.
Holloway is also a graduate student at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, where he is studying to receive his master’s in music education degree.
Holloway is one of 217 music teachers from 195 cities across 45 states who have been announced as quarterfinalists for the award. More than 30,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.
His experience at UWG has influenced his approach to teaching, officials said.
“My UWG classes have taught me that experiential, hands-on learning is best,” said Holloway. “I’ve certainly benefitted from it, and I hope to always do the same for my students as well. I want to inspire them to create, no matter where their paths lead.”
The award will be presented to one outstanding music teacher who has shown remarkable impact on his or her students’ lives.
Holloway is passionate about music and teaching, and one of his goals as a teacher is to prepare his students for the real world.
“Of course we cover music theory and all aspects of performance,” he said. “But I feel it’s important to teach them the business side as well. I want them to be able to transform their passions into a way of life.”
The semifinalists for the Grammy Music Educator Award will be announced in August.
For more information on the Grammy Music Educator Award, visit www.grammyintheschools.com.
Founded in Carrollton, Ga., in 1906, UWG also offers classes at its Newnan and Douglasville centers and online.
A project is under way to move the UWG -Newnan center from its current home in Shenandoah Industrial Park to soon-to-be renovated facilities on the former Newnan Hospital campus on Jackson Street.