Drexel Hill teacher named a finalist for Grammy Music Educator Award

John McDevitt
January 09, 2020 - 5:07 pm
Jason Majerczak at Drexel Hill Middle School

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DREXEL HILL, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A Delaware County music teacher may be going to the Grammys.

Jason Majerczak — or Mr. M, as his Drexel Hill Middle School students call him — is one of 10 finalists recognized nationally by the Recording Academy for their contributions to music education.

The annual Music Educator Award “recognizes teachers 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.”

Of more than 3,300 applicants across the country, the Recording Academy and Grammy Museum narrowed it down to its top 10 teachers. One will be chosen as the award recipient and will be flown to Los Angeles to attend the 62nd annual show on Jan. 26.

Majerczak joined the Upper Darby School District more than 20 years ago. One of his former students nominated him for the award.

“I always talk to students about how there is no getting 96 percent. Everyone needs to be at a 100 percent for it to sound great. I just try to get them excited about the music and to inspire them to want to play it properly,” he said.

“It's absolutely been an honor and a humbling privilege.”

Eighth-grade flutist Rita Dobbins said Mr. M deserves the recognition.

“It's not only about music,” she said. “He just really helps us in general with our self-confidence and self-worth.”

Majerczak’s class has helped 13-year-old Keira Clarici be more well-rounded, too.

“It makes me talk to more people. It makes me more social because I'm kind of quite sometimes. So I have more friends,” she said.

The award winner will be announced during the week leading up to the Grammys, and he or she will also take home $10,000. The nine other finalists will receive $1,000, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.