Farmington Schools music educator receives state award

Jennifer Bailey
Jennifer Bailey (contributed photo)

Longacre Elementary School music teacher Jennifer Bailey has been named Michigan Music Education Association Music (MMEA) Educator of the Year.

The award recognizes teachers who have demonstrated outstanding merit in music education, serving their students, communities, and profession in an exemplary manner.

Nominated by Longacre principal Rhonda Henry, Bailey will accept her award at the Michigan Music Education Association breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 27 in Grand Rapids.

“I am very humbled to be recognized by my colleagues and peers,” she said.

Bailey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance from Michigan State University. She obtained her teaching certification from the University of Houston and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Temple University in Philadelphia.

A teacher for 22 years, she launched her career in Houston, Texas, and taught for two years in Philadelphia. She has spent the past 18 years with Farmington Public Schools and, during the summer months, works for the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. She designs and delivers curriculum in the areas of early childhood and elementary music.

With fellow arts coordinators Stefanie Borysiak and David Drake, Bailey received the 2017 Nancy Coumoundouros Distinguished Service to the Arts Award presented by the Farmington Area Arts Commission.