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40 Under 40 — Nominate a Deserving Music Educator Today!

Yamaha wants to recognize and celebrate the top 40 music educators under 40 years old. Nominate an exceptional music teacher today! 

The nomination period for the 2024 Yamaha “40 Under 40” is closed.  Please come back in October 2024 to nominate an innovative young music educator who might be chosen to be part of the 2025 class of “40 Under 40.”

Do you know a young music educator who inspires students, colleagues and the community? Someone who oversees a program that is continually growing and improving?  

Nominate them to be recognized and celebrated as one of the top 40 music educators under the age of 40!

Yamaha is an active advocate for music education, and we want to empower music educators and help them strengthen their programs in any way we can.

“40 Under 40” is the latest part of this advocacy. This program will recognize and celebrate innovative and impactful music teachers under the age of 40 who are doing extraordinary things in their classrooms or programs. These music education leaders will be the ones to watch in 2023 and beyond.

Eligibility Requirements

Music educators — any grade level, public or private schools, private music instructors — can be nominated by students, parents, other teachers or administrators, and mentors. No self-nominations are allowed.

Nominations will be accepted from October 1 to November 1, 2023.

Nominated educators should have the following characteristics:

  • Action — anticipate what needs to be done and proactively take the necessary steps that lead to a stronger music program
  • Courage — propose and implement new or bold ideas
  • Creativity — show innovation and imagination in achieving plans and objectives
  • Growth — establish, grow or improve music education in their schools and communities
  • Must be under 40 years old on March 31, 2023.

Please click here for the nomination form. In addition to providing information about the nominee, you must tell us in 500 words how the nominee embodies the characteristics above.

Benefits to 40 Under 40 Educators

Music educators who are selected for the “40 Under 40” program will receive national recognition for the positive impact their work has on their schools and communities.

Key Dates and Deadlines

  • October 1: nominating period opens
  • November 1: nominating period closes
  • December: selected educators will be notified
  • February 2024: The 2024 “40 Under 40” educators will be announced


For information or questions about the Yamaha “40 Under 40” program, please email

The nomination form can be found here.

Meet the 2023 Yamaha “40 Under 40” educators here.

Meet the 2022 Yamaha “40 Under 40” educators here.

Meet the 2021 Yamaha “40 Under 40” educators here.

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