Mr. Collins Honored as Music Education Innovator

Mr. Collins Honored as Music Education Innovator
Posted on 01/04/2019
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Enrique S. Camarena Elementary School’s Bradley Collins is one of five winners of the Fall 2018 Music Education Innovator Award from the Give A Note Foundation (GAN). The Music Education Innovator Award recognizes creative music programs that attract students not typically enrolled in music education courses, thereby increasing access to music education through diversity in curriculum and approach. The $4,000 grant will go toward enhancing the school’s Music Technology Program.


With the support of Give A Note’s strategic partner, the CMA Foundation, awards are provided to schools with programs that have significant potential for using the grants to build on programmatic successes to date, in efforts to create lasting change in a school or district. Mr. Collins’ work at Camarena focuses more specifically on music technology and less on musical performance.


“Learning the basic music theory skills required to understand musical patterns, melodies, chords, and digital arrangements of audio tracks can help students stay interested in music as a lifelong learner,” Mr. Collins said. “This type of music class promotes music to several different learning modalities, not just the eager performers…The large majority of job opportunities in the music field available to these students someday are not professional music performance positions. They are in areas like recording, sound system design, producing, stage management, DJ’ing, advertising, teaching, composing [and] acoustical technicians.”


The Music Education Innovator Award is judged on three criteria: Meaningful engagement with the students and geographic community, the innovation of the music program to inspire students outside the traditional music curriculum, and the teacher’s ability to plan and manage a program that can be implemented at other schools and districts around the country.


The five winners have been invited as special guests to CMA Foundation’s Music Teachers of Excellence Awards dinner in Nashville, Tennessee in April to present their school’s innovative program to attendees at the 2019 National Association for Music Education National Conference. Additionally, GAN will work with the award-winning music educators as Innovative Ambassadors to develop reporting techniques that allow for other schools and districts to learn from the resulting models.


“We understand the tremendous impact a quality music education can have on a student’s academic achievement and social development, yet we still hear that music programs are underfunded and educators do not have the resources they need to sustain a thriving program,” said Tiffany Kerns, executive director, CMA Foundation. “These grants will celebrate and recognize those who are creating innovative curriculums and ensure their hard work, creativity and dedication to music education will continue to drive their program forward for years to come.”


To view the complete list of the five Music Education Innovator Award grant recipients, visit


About Give A Note Foundation

GIVE A NOTE Foundation 501(c)(3) provides support to nurture, grow and strengthen music education opportunities – every student, every school, and every community. Founded in 2011 with an initial investment from our partner 21th Century Fox and the TV show GLEE, Give A Note increases access to quality music education for more students, especially those in urban and rural communities where funding is scarce. Our Music Education Innovator Award recognizes teachers who have developed creative, effective in-classroom programs and provides ongoing support to encourage lasting change within a school or district. Music Teacher Notes offers teachers an opportunity to apply for funds that will enable them to serve more students and significantly improve the music education experience in their classrooms. Thanks to our music and entertainment partners, the CMA Foundation, 21st Century Fox, Radio Disney and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Give A Note has awarded grants in excess of $1.2 Million in support of music education.




About the Chula Vista Elementary School District

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is the largest Transitional Kindergarten through Grade 6 district in California. CVESD serves more than 29,600 students at 46 schools and three independent charters in southern San Diego County. The California Department of Education has honored CVESD as San Diego County’s selection for the “California Exemplary Districts” award. The District was chosen for the award because of its high academic growth and performance, as well as practices that have been implemented to achieve increased student and community engagement.

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