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Ryan Diefenderfer, the esteemed band director at Paradise Valley High School, has been announced as a quarterfinalist for the prestigious 2024 Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum. This award recognizes outstanding music teachers who have made significant contributions to music education and show a commitment to maintaining music programs in schools nationwide.

With over 2,000 submissions, being selected as a quarterfinalist is an exceptional accomplishment. Diefenderfer has proven that his dedication to his students and passion for music education has not gone unnoticed. He has become a beloved figure within the Paradise Valley High School community due to his tireless efforts and selfless commitment to cultivating a love of music among his students.

Under Diefenderfer’s expert guidance, Paradise Valley’s band has flourished and achieved a multitude of successes. He has taught his students invaluable skills, instilling within them a sense of discipline, creativity, and teamwork that will benefit them both in and outside the classroom.

PVSchools wishes Ryan Diefenderfer the best of luck as he continues on his journey toward winning the prestigious Music Educator Award.

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