Daniel D. Tolly is a music educator whose passion and unique approach to teaching have been recognized with several awards, among them the American Historical Association’s Beveridge Family Teaching Prize, for excellence and innovation in K12 history teaching, the University of Michigan University Musical Society’s Teacher of the Year, and earlier in his career, the National Association of Jazz Educators’ Director of the Year Award at the Wichita Jazz Festival. Dan has received several district-level teaching awards, and received multiple nominations for the new Grammy award for teachers in 2013 and 2014. In addition to teaching vocal and instrumental music in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Dan currently serves as a master teacher with Thomas Hampson’s Hampsong Foundation: Song of America workshops and teaches a course in African American Music at the University of Michigan – Flint. Recently, Dan was involved as master teacher with the National Endowment for the Humanities funded Banner Moments Teacher Institute. Dan was also a founding team member and lead teacher with the University of Michigan/El Sistema pilot program in Ann Arbor. His education includes undergraduate studies at Eastern Michigan University and graduate studies at the University of North Texas and the University of Michigan.