Grassfield goes Grammys with music teacher's nomination

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by Eric Kane, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 2:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 7:00 AM

CHESAPEAKE –- Move over Rihanna, a Grassfield High School music teacher has his eyes set on the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

On Friday, Steven Vutsinas, who teaches Orchestra, found out he was finalist for the Grammy's inaugural Music Educator Award.

"My head spins. I'm just a regular old guy that loves teaching," said Vutsinas.

More than 30,000 teachers from across the country were considered for the award. Vutsinas is now in the top 10.

For the Grammy recognition, Vutsinas, who has taught for 24 years, won $1,000 for himself and $1,000 for Grassfield. If he Vutsinas wins the top honor, he and the high school each receive $10,000.

Vutsinas, who was Grassfield's Teacher of the Year for 2013, told 13News Now the money will go toward buying new music equipment for the school.

The Music Educator Award recognizes teachers who have made positive impacts in students' lives and in the field of music, according to the Grammys' Website.

"Every one of them will tell you the thing that is different about our program is this is their family,” Vutsinas said. “Whether they are the best player or the worst player in the program, it doesn't matter, they have a place here."

Later this month, representatives from the Grammy Foundation and Microsoft will hold a presentation at Grassfield about music education.

 

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