PLYMOUTH — When music's brightest stars gathered February 8 in Hollywood for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, a Plymouth State University graduate student was among them.
Jared Cassedy, a Windham, N.H., high school music teacher, was honored as the 2015 GRAMMY Music Educator Award. He was chosen out of more than 7,000 nominations and received a $10,000 honorarium to benefit Windham school district music programs.
Cassedy is a student in PSU's Master of Education in Instrumental Music Education degree program, which he credits with honing his classroom skills.
"My PSU education has been very helpful in my career," Cassedy said. "Aside from providing me wonderful learning experiences from great faculty members, I've been able to utilize what I've learned in a way that positively impacts my students and their music education. What I love most about this program is that it's so practical, hands-on, and specific. Working with the professors and with my supervisor, I'm given the guidance and support necessary to really apply what I'm learning directly to my work with my students every day."
Cassedy's advisor, PSU Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands Mark Stickney, said he was not surprised Cassedy won a prestigious award.
"Honestly, it didn't surprise me, he deserved it," said Stickney. "He's a great teacher. I know that because when I work with his students, they're always well-prepared; you can tell that they really enjoy having him as a teacher. The energy he brings to what he does, his dedication, it's clear he loves his job."
The award, now in its second year, recognizes music teachers who are making a difference. Cassedy was recognized during the televised GRAMMY Awards program.
Established in 1957, the Grammy Awards are bestowed by The Recording Academy, an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that are dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers.
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