GRAMMY Foundation honors Durham teacher with educator award

Phillip Riggs (Courtesy: Grammy in the Schools)

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A teacher at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham has been named the recipient of the Music Educator Award from The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.

Phillip Riggs has taught band and choir at various levels in North Carolina for the past 27 years, according to an article posted on

Riggs is currently the instructor of music at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics.

The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation’s Music Educator Award was created to recognize teachers who have made a lasting contribution to the field of music.

Ten teachers from 10 cities were selected as finalists and Riggs was honored with the 2016 award.

Riggs told Grammy in the Schools he was both “honored and humbled.”

“Most of my career has been about opening doors for others and working to enable students and fellow teachers to learn and to grow,” Riggs said. “My efforts to foster music education in North Carolina stand firmly on the shoulders of numerous students, parents, peers, and administrators in communities that value excellence in music.”

Grammy in the Schools said more than 4,500 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.

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