LMEA sponsors several service awards to outstanding individuals.

Each of these awards is presented prior to one of the All-State Concerts at the Annual Professional Development Conference. Recipients will be notified by LMEA’s Executive Board.  

Outstanding Young Music Educator

Purpose: To recognize young music educators for their outstanding impact on student learning. This award may be presented to one or more individuals new to the profession who have served their students, communities, and profession in an exemplary manner. Nominees must have completed one year but not more than five years of teaching and be a member of LMEA. Nominations must be submitted by an LMEA member.  

Outstanding Administrator

Purpose: To recognize outstanding school principals, assistant principals, superintendents, and/or assistant or associate superintendents who demonstrate support for and commitment to high-quality arts education programs in their schools. The influence of such administrators is a major factor in improving music education in school systems across the state. This award is not intended to honor music supervisors, music coordinators, etc.

Hall of Fame

Purpose: To honor LMEA members who, by virtue of their contributions to music education and to LMEA, are recognized as being the most highly regarded professional leaders in music education in Louisiana. Nominees may be living or deceased, active or retired. 

Robert L. Wilhite Award of Excellence

Purpose: To recognize quality high school and middle school instrumental music programs serving historically disadvantaged student populations.

LMEA Standard of Excellence Award

The LMEA Standard of Excellence Award was adopted October, 2019 and will go into effect for the 2020-21 school year.

Purpose: This award recognizes the results of quality teaching and superior performances in Louisiana High school and middle school instrumental music programs.

25-Year Service Pin

Purpose: To honor LMEA members’ service and dedication to music education by presenting a 25 year service pin to any member who has completed 25 years of active membership in NAfME/LMEA.