And the GRAMMY goes to…

by Abby @ Quaver on July 12, 2016

in At Quaver HQ

Last month, the GRAMMY foundation announced 290 quarterfinalists for the 2017 GRAMMY Music Educator Award.™ 

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The Music Educator Award recognizes current teachers who have made a significant impact in the field of music education. From kindergarten and college professors to public and private schools, these teachers are dedicated to maintaining music education in our schools.

We are proud – and not the least bit surprised – to see several Quaver teachers among the nominees!

Congratulations to the following Quaver teachers:

Samuel Kallaos
Ruby Major Elementary
Nashville, TN


Samuel Kallaos is a Music Specialist with Metro Nashville Public Schools and a passionate percussionist, with certification and experience in Taiko Drumming. He was introduced to Quaver in 2010 through a conversation with Graham Hepburn and David Mastran about “Band Bootcamp.” Two years later they asked Sam to join the Curriculum Content Team where he has served as a curriculum writer, editor, and dedicated Quaver advocate ever since! When Sam isn’t teaching, you can find him playing percussion for bands and artists all over Music City.

Siema Swartzel
Arnold Memorial Elementary
Cleveland, TN


Siema Swartzel has been teaching music for 36 years and is also a finalist for Tennessee Teacher of the Year representing the Southeast region of the Volunteer State! Siema has used Quaver in her classroom for two years and lobbied with her colleagues to make Quaver their Curriculum adoption choice for many years to come! She loves Quaver and finds many benefits to using Quaver resources in her teaching:

“It is an excellent way to motivate and help students build a strong foundation for great musicianship!  It energizes and engages kids in the classroom and is amazingly fun and fresh!”

Faye Boyer
Lake Joy Primary
Warner Robins, GA

After 19 years in the music classroom, Faye Boyer’s all time biggest challenge was ensuring the growth of every single student. After adopting Quaver in January 2014, she noticed a dramatic change in her teaching. She was free to constantly assess and assist struggling students while simultaneously challenging those who were excelling. Faye’s submission video shows how Quaver Music played a big part in integrating interactivity into her classroom. Check out her video here!


The 2017 recipient will attend the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards and other Foundation events throughout GRAMMY week. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants. Fifteen semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants.

Semifinalists for the 2017 GRAMMY Music Educator Award™ will be announced in September. For more information on the award, click here.


Congrats to all the Quarterfinalists! You can see the full list of nominees here.

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1 Bridget Kallaos July 12, 2016 at 1:50 pm

Way to go Sam Kallaos! Your hard work and dedication has paid off! Congrats!


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