Kent Knappenberger Wins Grammy’s Music Educator Award


The Grammys have expanded their recognition of musicians beyond the famous voices we hear on the radio.

On Wednesday, the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation announced that Westfield, New York resident Kent Knappenberger is the inaugural recipient of the Music Educator Award.

The Westfield Academy and Central School music teacher and choir director beat out nine other finalists — and 30,000 initial nominees — for the special acknowledgment and will receive a $10,000 honorarium.

“I am extremely humbled and honored to be the recipient of the first-ever Music Educator Award,” says Knappenberger, who has been teaching for 25 years. “I believe that this award has already been and will continue to be a tremendous encouragement to all music educators. Besides the attention it has brought to many fine teachers, it brings attention to the importance of music education in general.”

Knappenberger will be in attendance at the Grammys this Sunday and will receive his award the day before at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception.