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Brandi Jason, Liberty High School teacher, named 2018 Music Educator GRAMMY Award semifinalist

Liberty High School teacher grabs semifinal spot for GRAMMY Music Educator Award. (Emily Chappell / Carroll County Times)

Brandi Jason, an instrumental music teacher at Liberty High School, has been named as one of 25 Semifinalists for the 2018 Music Educator GRAMMY Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum.

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The Music Educator Award was established to "recognize current educators 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," according to the release. "Applicants must be exemplars of the best in the field and have made a measurable difference in the lives of students, as well as a significant impact on their school and the community."

Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their impact on students' lives, according to the release. The winner will be flown to New York to attend the 60th Annual Grammy Awards and a range of Grammy week events.

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The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants. Fifteen semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants, according to the release.

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