Teacher teaching a student how to play piano


Jacobs Music recognizes local educators each year with the STEINWAY & SONS Top Teacher Award. The STEINWAY Top Teacher Award is a prestigious formal recognition by STEINWAY & SONS that commends a music educator’s passion, artistry, and commitment to students. Exemplary piano teachers in regions throughout the country are selected to receive the honor.

STEINWAY & SONS has always been an avid supporter of music education.

STEINWAY-authorized dealers have relationships with piano educators who teach a wide variety of genres. In 2017, STEINWAY launched the Top Teacher program to recognize teachers who have demonstrated a passion for inspiring young people in their musical expression, as well as a commitment to insisting that their students practice and perform on the finest pianos in the world. These teachers have been nominated by their local authorized STEINWAY dealership and are among the very best in their communities.


Teacher teaching a student how to read sheet music

Candidates for the STEINWAY & SONS and Jacobs Music Top Teacher program must:

  • Teach in one of the following areas: Delaware, Central and Southeastern PA, at the Jersey Shore, and Central or Southern New Jersey
  • Be nominated by a student, family, or Jacobs Music representative
  • Have three years of professional piano teaching experience
  • Teach on a STEINWAY family instrument (STEINWAY, Boston, or Essex)
Female teacher


Teacher receiving an award
  • October 1-31: Teacher nominations submitted
  • November 1-31: Teachers notified of nomination and next steps
  • December 31: Nomination packet completed
  • By January 31: 2024 Top Teachers announced
  • Recognition by STEINWAY & SONS and Jacobs Music as a Top Teacher
  • 30% Discount on Service of Your Piano by Jacobs Music
  • Honorarium for referrals to Jacobs Music
  • Priority Recital Reservations at Jacobs Music recital halls
  • Professional Headshots
  • Invitations to exclusive events and concert opportunities*
Teacher posing next to a piano

*Past experiences include: Philadelphia Chamber Music concerts, private performances by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Olga Kern, visits to Tanglewood and Saratoga, and others.