Warner Robins Music Teacher a Grammy Nominee

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One Warner Robins teacher may join the likes of Beyonce and Justin Timberlake.

Faye Boyer, a music educator at Lake Joy Primary, is nominated for a Grammy Award.

Summer has come. Another school year is gone. Thursday, Boyer packed away instruments in her classroom.

That adventure done, Boyer is looking forward to the adventure ahead as a Grammy nominee.

She is one of 217 music teachers across the country nominated for the award. The Grammy Foundation picked her from among 32,000 entries.

Boyer said, "It's been a little overwhelming at moments, but I am so honored."

Her style hit a note with a student that's now going to school in Taylor County. 17-year-old Elizabeth Wheeless made the nomination through the Grammy in the Schools Program.

Boyer said, "She just said I believed in her no matter what. She felt her skills were not up to par. I never remember feeling that way, because all my students are musicians."

She says almost anything can be an instrument. Students sometimes tap tunes on trash cans or pots and pans in her classroom.

Boyer plays by the philosophy that music crosses language barriers. She said, "They may be able to only say hello in English, but in music they speak volumes."

She says harmonies build confidence and self discipline. Don't get her started on critics who call music a "frill" subject.

She said, "Music is math. Music is language arts. Music is science and social studies, because we do music from all over the world."

Boyer is not just teaching tunes. She sings them, too.

She can hit the high notes, rivaling any other Grammy nominee.

The Grammy Foundation will narrow down the field of nominees to ten in August.

The winner of the Music Educator Grammy will be announced during the Grammy Awards ceremony January 26th of next year. That person will get to attend the show, plus get a $10,000 for themselves, and a $10,000 grant for their school.

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