40 Under 40 — Nominate a Deserving Music Educator Today!

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Updated 2/8/2021 -- See the "40 Under 40" educators for 2021 here. We will start accepting nominations for the 2022 program in October 2021. Sign up for the Yamaha Educator Newsletter to stay informed.   

Do you know a young music educator who inspires students, colleagues and the community? Someone who oversees a program that is continually growing and improving?  

Nominate them to be recognized and celebrated as one of the top 40 music educators under the age of 40! 

Yamaha is an active advocate for music education, and we want to empower music educators and help them strengthen their programs in any way we can.

40 Under 40 is the latest part of this advocacy. This program will recognize and celebrate innovative and impactful music teachers under the age of 40 who are doing extraordinary things in their classrooms or programs. These music education leaders will be the ones to watch in 2021 and beyond.


Eligibility Requirements 

Music educators — any grade level, public or private schools, private music instructors — can be nominated by students, parents, other teachers or administrators, and mentors. No self-nominations are allowed. 

Nominations will be accepted from October 15 to November 15

Nominated educators should have the following characteristics:

  • Action — anticipate what needs to be done and proactively take the necessary steps that lead to a stronger music program
  • Courage — propose and implement new or bold ideas
  • Creativity — show innovation and imagination in achieving plans and objectives
  • Growth — establish, grow or improve music education in their schools and communities
  • Must be under 40 years old on March 31, 2021. 

Please click here for the nomination form (nominations for 2020 are closed). In addition to providing information about the nominee, you must tell us in 500 words how the nominee embodies the characteristics above.  


Benefits to 40 Under 40 Educators 

Music educators who are selected for this first 40 Under 40 program will receive national recognition for the positive impact their work has on their schools and communities. 


Key Dates and Deadlines

  • October 15: nominating period opens
  • November 15: nominating period closes
  • December: selected educators will be notified
  • January 2021: 40 Under 40 educators will be announced 



For information or questions about 40 Under 40, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The nomination form can be found here (nominations for 2020 are closed)

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