NVAA Music Technology students

Category : Awards

Shadow Mountain High School Receives the GRAMMY Museum Signature School Award

Wednesday , October 14 , 2020

Shadow Mountain High School’s North Valley Arts Academies (NVAA) Music Technology program is the recipient of the prestigious GRAMMY Museum Signature School Award. The NVAA Music Technology program will receive $5,500, and students will participate in multiple virtual Career Day sessions with major artists in the music industry.

“Personally, I am thrilled to be recognized by an outstanding organization such as the GRAMMY Foundation. Their Signature Schools program has awarded more than one million dollars to over 600 schools in just 10 years! It is a great privilege that we are being recognized. Professionally, the GRAMMY Foundation is a nationwide organization that we are honored to work alongside other schools. It opens up many opportunities for our Music Technology program and shows our students that there are many others in this country that enjoy making music, just like them,” said Nick Popovich, NVAA Music Signature specialist.

GRAMMY Career Day introduces high school students to the many careers available in music. It also emphasizes how music education develops skill sets beneficial to careers both in and outside of music. Presenters are music professionals who share their experiences and insights in a question and answer format. Representatives were originally supposed to visit Shadow Mountain High School this past Spring to present the grant money, as well as host a Career Day. However, because the pandemic has impacted that they will be forgoing the presentation of the grant money and hosting multiple Career Day sessions virtually. 

The grant money will be used in a few different ways. Popovich, explains, “First, it is being used to help us adapt to the campus closure. We are going to purchase educational licenses for Soundtrap, an online digital audio workstation. This is fantastic because the district-provided Chromebooks cannot use the programs we normally focus on in class such as Ableton Live and Avid Pro Tools. Second, it will be used to help assure that we have enough equipment for all of our students. The NVAA Music Technology classes are rapidly growing in numbers each year. We will always need funding to best support the students in their music endeavors, especially with the rapid advancement of technology. This program is in its fifth year and we are already in discussions for refreshing some of the equipment,” said Popovich.

Popovich and his students are thankful to have remarkable support from organizations whose sole purpose is to support music education. “We look forward to strengthening our relationships with organizations as our program continues to grow. Last year, we received just under $15,000 in grants. Three out of our five seniors chose to study music upon graduation. One of them was accepted into Arizona State University’s newly created Popular Music degree program, which only accepted a handful of students. We were also featured in Phoenix Magazine's August 2019 edition. I am grateful to have students that are fully engaged. Their hard work has definitely been worth it,” said Popovich.

The GRAMMY Museum Signature School program provides grants to public school music programs that demonstrate a need and a compelling plan to address that need. This program is presented through the support from the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation, and Brian Hoesterey. There are extensive requirements involved in the application process, including providing demographic and budget information, as well as essay questions and audio/video submissions.