JOLIET – For the third time, Joliet Junior College music coordinator Charles Morgan has been selected as a quarterfinalist for the Music Education Award, presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Museum.
The semifinalists will be announced in September. Morgan is one of 197 who were nominated. Originally, 2,300 educators were nominated for the award, all chosen by students.
“As a teacher, you impact people all the time and you don’t realize it,” Morgan said.
If he wins, he will receive a grant for JJC and attend the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York. If he is one of the nine runners-up, he will win $1,000, and JJC will receive a matching grant, and if he is a semifinalist, he will receive $500 with a matching grant for JJC.
“It’s really humbling and amazing that someone would take the time out to nominate me,” Morgan said.
Morgan is a working musician, and he is part of the College Music Society. He reads journals and goes to workshops all the time to improve himself, Morgan said.
He also is the director of the JJC Community Band as well as teaches brass lessons, conducting and fundamentals of music.
About teaching: “My goal is to expose as many people to music education as possible, and hopefully ignite the passion of music inside of them.”
Biggest challenge: “The really diverse population that I work with. We have traditional students, who hope to transfer later, or adult students coming back to school. It’s truly the most exciting part of the job too, is being able to work with all these different people.”
Words of wisdom: “Just realize how fortunate you are that you are in this career. Not many people get to have their hobby – their passion – be their career. Keep that passion alive and just realize how fortunate you are.”