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Phillip has been an active member of NCMEA for twenty-four years and Past President of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association.
“There is no greater recognition than being nominated by a former student who is now a successful music teacher. My efforts to foster music education in North Carolina really stand on the shoulders of numerous students, parents, peers, administrators, and communities that value quality music in our society,” stated Phillip Riggs when he was named a top 10 finalist.
The Grammy Music Educator Award is a joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, 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 quality music education in schools. This year, more than 4,500 nominations were submitted nationwide. Phillip Riggs is the third recipient of this award that comes with a $10,000 honorarium.
NCMEA President, James Daugherty states, “We are honored to have one of own members, Phillip Riggs, recognized as the 2016 national winner of the Grammy Music Educator Award for his lifetime dedication to music education across North Carolina. From his first days of teaching he has been a dynamic music educator and has always represented the ideals and sense of collaborative teamwork that NCMEA and NAfME embodies for our members. Throughout his career and through so many service roles in music education, Phillip has truly brought music into the lives of people all across North Carolina. The impact and contributions of his music teaching will be felt for generations. We are so proud of the innovation Phillip has brought to the many music education hats he has worn and his desire to always do what’s right and what is best for students. On behalf of our NCMEA members, we congratulate Phillip and join him in celebrating this lifetime achievement.”