Louisiana Music Teacher Receives Grammy Honor

Jan 27, 2020

MUSIC EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR - Mickey Smith, Jr (L) is a middle-school music teacher in Sulphur, LA and received a Grammy honor for 2020.
Credit Courtesy: CBS News

LA TEACHER GETS GRAMMY HONORS -  Last night was the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles –the Recording Academy’s night celebrating the best in music, including songs, albums,  performers, music writers, and producers.  But a special Grammy recognition was paid to a Louisiana Music teacher from the Lake Charles area , Mickey Smith, Jr. has been teaching music to students at Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur, Louisiana for 15 years.   Music is so popular with students there that about half the student body makes up the band.  Smith told  CBS news  why he chose teaching over becoming a professional musician.

"It's so rewarding,  why not teach?" Smith asked. "Everyone should have an opportunity to pour into someone else. If you pourt your cup empty it comes back twice as full."

ON THE RED CARPET - Mickey Smith, Jr (center) shares thoughts with red carpet talent at the 2020 Grammys in Los Angeles, CA.
Credit Courtesy: The Recording Academy

Smith  said  he  started  learning music when his frugal grandmother bought a $400 used saxophone, he said he wasn’t very good at first  as  his  mom made  him  practice  outside until  he  got  better.     The  Recording Academy  Association recognized  Smith  as  Music Educator  of  the Year, he will also receive a $10,000 honorarium with a matching school grant.  Smith  also  has a non-profit  organization  that provides  instruments   to  children  in the community.