Member & Non-Member Awards

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VMEA Awards
Program

VMEA has established the Awards Programs that recognizes service, achievements and contributions to music education for current active members, retired members, and for non-members who show their support for local music programs.

The purpose of these awards is to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of our members and those people who have a positive impact on our profession. Awards are presented at conference each year. 

Members may also receive the Blue Ribbon Award for their school.

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Nominations due Sept. 30, 2022

Nominations due Oct. 15, 2022

Member Awards Requirements

Outstanding Music Educator Criteria

  • At least ten (10) years of continuous teaching in Virginia

  • Must currently teach in Virginia

  • Consistent VMEA member in good standing

  • Evidenced of service to VMEA or interest sections

  • Outstanding accomplishments as a teacher as evidenced by: 

    • Student achievement

    • Professional recognition

    • Program recognition

    • Awards

    • Sustained program growth

    • Influence within and beyond district

 Outstanding General Music Educator Criteria

  • At least ten (10) years of teaching in Virginia

  • Outstanding accomplishments as a teacher as evidenced by such things as student achievement, program recognition, and testimony from students, parents, alumni, and administrators. 

 

Lifetime Achievement Criteria

  • Minimum twenty (20) years of documented music service activity in Virginia

  • May be active or retired music educator or music administrator

  • Must have documented service to VMEA

Non-Member Awards Requirements

Outstanding Administrator Criteria:

  • Current or retired administrator from a Virginia School

  • At least five (5) years service at the administrative level

  • Documented evidence that the nominee has been a major factor toward the success of a music program that may include securing greater funding levels, increased personnel, advocacy, support of teacher development efforts, etc

Service Awards Requirements

The Virginia Music Educators Association has established an awards program to recognize service and excellence in music teaching in both public and private schools in the Commonwealth.  Service Awards are presented at the In-Service Conference each November

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Fifteen Year Certificate

  • Currently an active member of VMEA

  • A music teacher in a public or private school for at least fifteen years

  • A VMEA member (or its equivalent in another state) for at least ten years

 

Twenty-Five Year Pin

  • Currently an active member of VMEA

  • A music teacher in a public or private school for at least twenty-five years

  • A VMEA member (or its equivalent in another state) for at least ten years

 

Retirement Plaque

  • Retired in the past five years

  • An active member of VMEA at the time you retired

  • Taught music in a public or private school for at least twenty-five years

  • A VMEA member (or its equivalent in another state) for at least ten years