The Grammy Foundation and The Recording Academy will be awarding the first ever Music Educator Award during Grammy Week in 2014.

A local teacher, Keith Hodgson, has been named as a quarter-finalist. Hodgson is a music teacher at Mainland Regional High School in Linwood. 217 teachers have been announced as quarter-finalists have been chosen - from over 30,000 nominated.Semi-finalists will announced in August.

From the Grammy Foundation:

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K – college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, this special award will have its inaugural presentation at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees Reception honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustee Award, Technical GRAMMY® Award during GRAMMY Week 2014.