North Gwinnett Middle School has earned the inaugural Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Music Program of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes school music programs that offer programs of excellence in a wide variety of course offerings and student music experiences and that have a high percentage of the student body involved in some area of the program.
Sarah Black, an orchestra teacher at North Gwinnett Middle, says earning the award is a great honor. “We are very excited to be the first recipient of this award and we hope to serve as an inspiration to other teachers and schools throughout the state to showcase their programs,” Black said.
In order to be eligible, a school must have participated in all GMEA events and activities available to them including Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE), Solo & Ensemble, All-State auditions, and district honor ensembles in all areas where they offer these events for at least the past five consecutive years.
Black says earning the award is the result of hard work and a strong commitment from the school district, teachers, and the surrounding community. She explains, “We are very fortunate to work in the North Gwinnett community with an incredibly supportive administrative team led by our principal, Wanda Law. Our students are encouraged to participate in the music programs since it is the belief of the administration, music faculty, and community members that music contributes to a well-rounded, comprehensive education. In addition to our local school and community, Gwinnett County Public Schools supports and encourages the cultivation of stellar fine arts programs under the guidance and influence of David DuBose, Director of Fine Arts.”