NORTH ADAMS -- Jeffrey Link, a part-time faculty member in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at MCLA, has been selected as a quarterfinalist for the first-ever Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.
"I teach very hands-on," Link said. "My philosophy of teaching is, ‘Do as I do. Do not what I say,’ in a sense. The truth is, I get up every morning and I’m excited to go to work. I get to teach what I love, and it is a passion." Link, who was nominated by one of his students, was selected from more than 30,000 other nominees from all 50 states. A total of 217 music teachers from 195 cities across 45 states recently were named as quarterfinalists.
Open to music teachers throughout the United States, those nominated for the award were notified and invited to fill out an application.
"I had to come up with 50 words that would say it all," Link said. "I sent it to them and got a congratulations that I was chosen." As the next step in the award process, Link is putting together the finishing touches on a six-minute video at his home in Pittsfield. Due on June 11, it includes a rehearsal with the Jazz Band at Berkshire Community College, where he also teaches part time.
Semifinalists for the Music Educator Award will be announced in August.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education.
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