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THE JANE ORTNER EDUCATION AWARD

 

The submission period for the 2017 Jane Ortner Education Award has ended. For more information about the Jane Ortner Education Award program and our free resources for teachers, please see below. 

 

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Jane Ortner was a devoted and beloved public school teacher who valued music as a powerful tool for teaching academic subjects.  Through the daily use of music in her classroom, Mrs. Ortner instilled in her students creativity, confidence in their abilities, a sense of community, and a love of learning. In her memory, the GRAMMY Museum and the Ortner family are proud to honor K-12 academic educators who foster a creative learning environment and incorporate music into their lessons.

The Jane Ortner Education Award is a FREE program for K-12 educators who integrate music into teaching academic subjects (e.g. social science/history, English language arts, math, science, etc.). Applicants submit one original curriculum that incorporates music and are then eligible for prizes and professional development opportunities. Educators can also access our online library of music-integrated curricula at no cost.

The Jane Ortner Artist Award recognizes an artist who embodies the Museum's educational mission and shows passion and dedication to education through the arts.

What are the requirements?

  • Complete the FREE application 
  • Submit one original written curriculum for a standard academic subject. The curriculum must incorporate music as a way to help teach content standards. It can be designed for a single class period or multiple lessons
  • There are no restrictions in terms of formatting, layout, number of pages, etc.
  • A curriculum can focus on foreign language instruction (e.g. lessons for Spanish class) but the submission itself must be in English
  • Each teacher must complete his/her own application. There is no nomination process for the Jane Ortner Education Award

Who can participate?

  • Elementary, middle, and high school educators who teach any standard academic subject (e.g. social science/history, English language arts, math, science, etc.)
  • Teams are permitted (no more than two teachers per submission)
  • Previous recipients of the Jane Ortner Education Award are ineligible

Do I have to sing or play an instrument?

No – educators don’t have to sing or play an instrument, although we encourage the exploration of artistic abilities! 

What are some examples of a curriculum that incorporates music?

What are the prizes?

Applicants will be eligible for:

  • Scholarships and prizes
  • Professional development opportunities
  • FREE class trip to the GRAMMY Museum or a cultural institution in your area (we will pay for your transportation and admission!)
  • The 2017 recipient will be honored at our annual event along with a prominent recording artist

How do I apply?

The submission period for the 2017 Jane Ortner Education Award has ended. Please check back at the end of the school year for more information about the 2018 Jane Ortner Education Award.

The adjudication process:

Submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of teachers and education administrators.

Our judges recommend that you keep these criteria in mind when preparing your curriculum:

  • Creativity 
  • Teachability – can the curriculum be implemented successfully and with ease?
  • Transferability – can the general design of the lesson(s) be modified for students of different ages/grade levels?
  • Level of engagement – will students be actively engaged in a number of ways? (e.g. writing, discussing, working in a group/individually, and so on)

What if I have additional questions?

Jane Ortner Education Award Recipients

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2016

Jonathan Bernal – 8th Grade English

Topaz Preparatory Academy – Hesperia, CA

The Outsiders: A “Tuff” Study of the Novel Through Music 

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Jonathan’s curriculum is built around the exploration of identity—specifically group identity versus individuality—using S. E. Hinton's coming-of-age novel The Outsiders as the central component. In this unit students unpack the novel, study the role of identity in key movements of the 1960s, and analyze notable songs, poetry, and other supplemental written works. For their final project, students work in groups to create and record a radio show.

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2015

Kylie Ko – 5th Grade Science (Dual-Language Korean/English)

Mark Keppel Elementary School – Glendale, CA

Broadway Stars

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Kylie’s “Broadway Stars” theme-based curriculum was developed to teach her students about plant structures and life science, incorporating both Korean and English. Together with their teacher, students create a mini-musical consisting of songs, dialogue, movement, and technology.

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2014

Sunshine Cavalluzzi – 11th and 12th Grade Economics

El Dorado High School – Placentia, CA

Money, Money, Money: Musiconomics!

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Sunshine’s curriculum teaches concepts in economics through activities that explore the music industry and its financial relationships. Students also study songs that focus on socio-economic conditions and work in groups to create an original song that incorporates course content.

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2013

Erica Amann and Sunshine Cavalluzzi – 11th and 12th Grade Social Sciences

El Dorado High School – Placentia, CA

Give Peace - or Amazing Grace! - a Chance

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In this team-created project, students collaborate in groups to analyze protest songs and sacred songs. They explore the meaning and context of songs, the effectiveness of expression through music, and seek out similarities and differences between songs from a wide variety of cultures, faiths, movements, and religions. (*Note: this activity is undertaken as a collaborative exercise between two elective classes—Contemporary World Affairs and Comparative Religions—but the structure would work in any class.)

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2012

Bianca Wilson Cole – 9th and 10th Grade English

Washington Preparatory High School – Los Angeles, CA

Fences: An Odyssey Through Music

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Bianca’s curriculum is built around August Wilson’s Fences. Students analyze how song lyrics from a variety of genres reflect the conflicts (either internal or external) characters from the play endure. They are also tasked with writing an essay that demonstrates the evolution of a dynamic character in Fences, using specific examples and textual evidence. 

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2011

Nicole Naditz – High School French

Bella Vista High School – Fair Oaks, CA

Noteworthy Language: Using Music to Build Second Language Knowledge and Cultural Proficiency

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Nicole’s curriculum contains activities and ideas for teachers of world languages and English language development. The class activities, broken down into six sections, are described in English but are intended to be done in the target language. As a result, the curriculum is designed to work with music in any language. 

Jane Ortner Artist Award Recipients

2016 RECIPIENT

Lady Gaga

2015 RECIPIENT

Jackson Browne

2014 RECIPIENT

Janelle Monáe

INAUGURAL RECIPIENT

John Legend

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