University of Arkansas professor Dr. Jeffrey Murdock is the recipient of the 2021 Music Educator Award present by the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum.
The Music Educator Award recognizes current educators who have made a significant contribution to music education. Open to U.S. music teachers working in kindergarten through college (public or private), this award is based on nominations from anyone familiar with the educator’s career. This includes students, colleagues, administrators, friends, community members, the educator themself, etc.
Murdock will be recognized as the 2021 recipient during GRAMMY week. He will also be awarded a $10,000 honorarium with a matching grant for the school. Nine finalists from schools across the country will receive a $1,000 honorarium with a matching grant for their schools.
Murdock is currently the Associate Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas. He conducts the Razorback Men’s Chorus, the Inspirational Chorale and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the music education curriculum.
Over the years, Murdock has been involved in the gospel music scene, served on the conducting staff of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., and conducted regional and state honor choirs in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma and Colorado. Murdock has presented at regional and national conferences of the National Association for Music Education where he serves on the National Choral Council, the International Society for Music Education, and at state and regional conferences for the American Choral Director’s Association where he serves as President-Elect of the Southwestern Division and on its national diversity subcommittee.