Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year Award

Nominations for the 2020 Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year are now OPEN!

Do you know a marvelous music teacher in Palm Beach County who deserves some extra recognition? Students, parents, colleagues and members of the community are invited to nominate local instrumental music teachers for the title of Palm Beach Symphony Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year.

Teachers can be nominated for such things as their outstanding instructional technique, ability to nurture talent and ability for connecting with and inspiring their students.

Congratulations to Susan Ott Rodberg of U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary for being our 2019 Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year!


Teacher nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Teach in a K-12 public, private, or charter school in Palm Beach County
  • Have a minimum of three years’ experience as a band or orchestra instructor
  • Have an exemplary history of work as a music educator and leader
  • Exhibit an active role in the community as a performing arts educator
  • Demonstrate an ability to successfully transfer knowledge, passion, and love of music to students and to inspire them to build musical  knowledge and experiences
  • Meet standards of professional and ethical conduct and demonstrate respect and integrity in working with students, parents, and colleagues

Nomination and Selection Process

Submission deadline is November 1, 2020!

  • Nominators must complete a nomination form (available below) and submit it by Nov. 1, 2020.
  • Submissions that meet all eligibility requirements will be reviewed by a panel of judges that includes esteemed musicians, industry professionals and educators in Palm Beach County
  • Winner will be honored at a virtual awards ceremony in December 2020. Date and time TBA.

Award Package

  • Official 2020 Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year framed certificate
  • Coaching sessions and/or Master Classes by Palm Beach Symphony musicians at winner’s school during spring semester ($2,000 value)
  • Classroom visit and conducting coaching by Palm Beach Symphony Music Director Gerard Schwarz
  • Invitation for a student music ensemble of the winning teacher’s choice to perform at a Palm Beach Symphony event
  • Complimentary tickets for winner and students to attend a Palm Beach Symphony spring Masterworks concert at the Kravis Center (date and time TBA)
  • Basket of Indulgences: Enjoyable personal and pampering gift items as well as local gift certificates
  • Official award presentation at a Palm Beach Symphony event
  • Press Release announcement with photo in local media

Nomination Form

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