CMA Foundation Music Teachers of Excellence


The CMA Foundation, the national music education nonprofit and the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association, will host its fourth annual Music Teachers of Excellence Awards on April 30, 2019, and our very own Denise Rives, music specialist at Barksdale Elementary, and Robbin Johnston, band director at Clarksville High, are among the honorees.

The invite-only event will honor 30 music educators from across the country for their dedication and commitment to music education in their classroom and throughout their school community.

The CMA Foundation created the Music Teachers of Excellence program in 2016 in an effort to recognize the best and brightest music teachers from Nashville and beyond. Award recipients are selected because of their dedication to bringing a quality music program to their students and the impact they’ve had on their school community through music.

In addition to a night of celebration, Mrs. Johnston and Mrs. Rives will receive $2,500 to invest in their music classrooms to help drive their program forward and an additional $2,500 as personal stipends.

Way to go Mrs. Rives and Mrs. Johnston! Thank you for being difference makers.

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