Music educator earns top 25 for the 2018 music educator of the year award
Posted on 12/20/2018
Hylton  High School teacher rises to the top 25 in nationHow does a music educator rise to the top 25 in the nation? Well, Michael Basham, director of bands at C. D. Hylton High School knows. For him, it started in high school. Music came easily to him, allowed him to express himself, and gave him direction for what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. With the drive and passion to want to learn how to play every instrument and sing in the choir, he soon became a leader, the drum major in the marching band, and president of the choir.

The 2018 Music Educator of the Year Award is sponsored by The Vault, a national retailer that is an authority on music education and a resource for new and experienced musicians alike. The Vault’s task of reviewing recommendation letters and resumes from all over the United States is daunting but inspirational. This year, when narrowing submissions to 25 semi-finalists, Basham made the cut.

Basham’s nomination was anonymous. He hopes to one day thank his nominator. He feels very honored to be recognized in this way and to be among so many outstanding educators. He’s been fortunate to have been surrounded by outstanding teachers as well as musicians in their own right, throughout his 27-year teaching career. Basham stated, “The common theme I try to teach and instill in my students is a love of music that will last a lifetime.”

This year’s winner will be selected in mid-December. Check out The Vault to find out who ultimately is selected.