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Lancaster teacher up for Music Educator Grammy

By ITS Education Asia

On Friday afternoons in the heart of Buffalo’s immigrant community, at a time when most kids high-five and welcome the weekend, Lancaster Central High School teacher Lynne T. Ruda and a small band of her students help children from around the world better appreciate a universal language — music.

A former student nominated her for the Grammy, which recognizes current educators who have made a lasting contribution to music and who demonstrate a commitment to maintaining music in schools. About 3,300 teachers across the country were nominated.

"I get inspired by her," said Brandon Nightingale, a Lancaster High School senior who helps at the Dream Center.

"She really cares about every one of us, spending time with us," Lewandowski said as she held her violin. "I played my solo for her because I’m trying out for Erie County Orchestra. Mrs. Ruda told me how to make my notes clear. Ever since I walked into the music room of the high school, I’ve improved so much."

Jonathan Borden, a double bassist for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra said “I never met somebody – and this is no hyperbole – as driven in the field of music education as Lynne. She just holds herself to incredibly high standards all the time. For me, it’s a good example to follow for how to work with kids and aim high.”

Good luck, Lynne, from all us here at ChalkFace.

Photo Credit :

"Our PYAO students take the Perelman Theater stage at the @kimmelcenter today at 3pm. We hope to see you all there!" by Philadelphia Youth Orchestra via instagram - (CC BY-SA 2.0)


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