View the 2019  Awards Luncheon Photos !

View the 2019 Awards Luncheon Photos!

Share appreciation and honor a colleague! Nominations will be accepted through January 8, 2020.

Please complete the following two-step process: 1. access the nomination form of each award for submission information and 2. complete the online nomination form.

  • Feel free to contact Ashley Ashman through email at with any concerns or questions.

  • Alternatively nominations may be submitted through mail to: Robert Frost Middle School, Attention: Ashley Ashman, 9201 Scott Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.

  • Contact NAfME at 1-800-828-0229 or Call: 703-860-4000 or Email: for any membership questions.


This award is to recognize outstanding music programs. The award will be based on the extent to which the program meets the standards set forth in the NAfME publication, The School Music Program: Description and Standards. Any school that has not received the award within the previous five years is eligible.

MMEA Hall of Fame

This award is to recognize an individual for excellence in teaching and/or administration, contributions and improvements made in music education, betterment of the profession through exemplary service or acts, professional offices, publications, awards, recognitions, performances, and professional ideals and academic integrity.


This award is to recognize the music educators whom you’ve seen in action either in the classroom, at concerts, or at in-services or conferences who share their experiences and knowledge and are mentors in their profession.


This award is to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the music education of Maryland’s youth, whether as a teacher, administrator, parent, industry representative, performer, or in another capacity. The Corwin Taylor Music Education Leadership Award was established in 1993 in memory of Dr. Corwin H. Taylor (1905-1992), noted musician, composer, author, and educator. Dr. Taylor, an active member of the Music Educators National Conference (now National Association for Music Education, NAfME) and the Maryland Music Educators Association, was Supervisor of Instrumental Music for the Baltimore Public School system from 1945 to 1968 and a faculty member at the University of Maryland at College Park from 1968 to 1976. He will always be remembered for the great impact he had on the lives and careers of his students and colleagues. The award may be presented annually.

MMEA School Administrator Award

This award is to recognize the administrators who are music advocates and supporters, working with the music team to build incredible music programs for their schools and communities.

 Rosemary and James Walters Service Award

This award is to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Maryland Music Educators Association. The Rosemary and James Walters Award for Service to the Maryland Music Educators Association was established in 2001 in memory of Rosemary and James Walters. Their teaching careers were in Maryland, spanning 30 years until a tragic accident in April 2001. Jim taught instrumental music, most recently at Francis Scott Key Middle School in Montgomery County. Rosemary taught choral music. Together, they characterized the essence of supporting the music education profession. They supported their colleagues, young and seasoned, and they supported every professional activity of the association and the school music community. Jim served as MBDA president, but his contribution was not limited to band activities. Rosemary eventually left the classroom to work full time in church music, but her involvement as a substitute music teacher and as an accompanist continued. At nearly any MMEA event, it was typical to see Jim and Rosemary offering to assist when they were not “on duty,” doing whatever needed to be done. The award may be presented annually.

From local activities to national issues, MMEA/NAfME offer the combination of networking, professional development and resources you need as a music educator. Become a member today!