Music teachers in America have a reason to celebrate: They are now eligible for a Grammy honor of their own.
Starting from 2014, teachers in different categories, from kindergarten through to college professors, are in the running for the new annual award, which will be presented at a special ceremony the day before the Grammy Awards. Students and colleagues can nominate candidates online, AP reported.
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow announced the award at the Grammy Foundation's 15th annual Music Preservation Project event at the Saban Theatre.
The newly established music educator award will be presented for the first time next year.
"We're dedicated to preserving the great music of the past, present and future," Portnow said. "Music education is perhaps the most vital part of the Grammy Foundation's mission."
Music's ‘biggest night’, the 55th annual Grammy Awards, will take place in Los Angeles on February 10.