Helmick recognized for music education on Yamaha 40 Under 40 list


Feb. 8, 2022

Jonathan Helmick, a Slippery Rock University associate professor of music, was recognized on the Yamaha 40 Under 40 list for 2022, which celebrates music educators who are making a positive difference within their programs.

Selections were based on music educators who “proposed and implemented a new or bold idea, offered innovation and imagination in achieving plans and objectives, or established and grew or improved music education in their schools and communities.”

Among hundreds of nominations, Helmick earned a spot on the list for curating a space for students to grow and embrace their vulnerability, as well as explore music by diverse composers, including a project for the SRU Symphonic Wind Ensemble to write grants that commission underrepresented composers.

Yahama, the world’s leading maker of musical instruments and audio equipment, provides a community for music educators through its online professional development site, Yahama Educator Suite.