2016-11-17 / Community News

BMS music teacher in running for award

Amy Delorge Amy Delorge Music has a significant impact on students’ education and well being. According to various research sources cited on the National Association for Music Education website, students who participate in high-quality music programs have a direct correlation with higher standardized test scores, improved reading and math skills, increased verbal memory, lower absenteeism and dropout rates, and higher level of personal fulfillment and self-esteem. Biddeford Middle School music teacher Amy Delorge is contributing to that success and was recently chosen among the top 25 semifinalists of 2,000 nominees nationwide for Music Educator of the Year. Among the 11 nominees from Maine, Delorge was the only one to move onto the semi-finals. The winner will be named on Dec. 15 at the Chicago Midwest International Band Clinic.

The organization recognizes a music educator for their outstanding achievement in music education. The perfect candidate shows a successful track record in measurable program growth in which their students or programs have demonstrated superiority in instrumental or vocal performance. The recipient must have exerted strong leadership and influence in community and have lead initiatives that impacted the community.

“It is an honor to be considered among those who make such tremendous contributions to the field of music education in this prestigious group,” said Delorge, a music teacher for 24 years. “This nomination is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the Biddeford Middle School Band Program and its consistent growth serving our school and community.”

In a letter of recommendation included in Delorge’s nomination, Hope, Paul and Carter Burnell wrote, “Amy is a leader who believes anything is possible. Her sense of optimism and unwavering commitment to the community she serves creates an environment in which everyone is welcome, everyone can learn, and everyone can be successful. Amy’s standards are high, surpassed only by the level of support she gives to students and their families. Amy’s combination of high standards with tremendous support make her extraordinary; she is someone students look up to and trust. She is teaching students the value of working hard and the rewards that come with doing so; a lesson that is hard to come by and much needed.”

Delorge adds, “This spring BMS Band students will learn about the Japanese internment camps through literature we play. Our band will visit with Yosh Golden, who was born in Manzanar. Music education teaches students to personally learn how fear can create prejudice and hate. This can only be counterbalanced with education, kindness and compassion.”

The Burnells add “Amy Delorge’s passion for music and students is changing lives in our community. In a world where social interactions have become largely electronic, Amy’s warmth, leadership, and drive is bringing students and families together through music. We recognize the privilege of having her teach the students in our community.”

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