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Keys of Inspiration® Teacher of the Year 2022

Davis Cahill


Davis Cahill

About the award:

The Lang Lang International Music Foundation® believes that at the root of every strong music program is a dedicated teacher who inspires creativity and joy in their students.

That’s why this year, we launched the Keys of Inspiration® Music Teacher of the Year Award, which recognizes the achievements, creativity, and excellence of Keys of Inspiration® teachers across the world.

Davis Cahill
2022 Keys of Inspiration® Teacher of the Year


Leszek Barwiński-Brown, Davis Cahill & Lang Lang at 2022 Lang Lang & Friends Gala Concert Dinner

My name is Davis Cahill, and I’ve have been teaching the Lang Lang Foundation’s Keys of Inspiration® Program for 5 years. I teach at Jefferson Elementary in Greensboro, North Carolina where we currently have 692 students representing about 35 different countries around the world.

I have been a musician for about 19 years now, thanks to my loving and indisputably unique mother who was nervous about taking piano lessons alone and asked me to join her. Thanks to her, I learned piano at 8 years old, then bass, drums, and guitar, and eventually completed my Bachelor of Music Education at Greensboro College. I also completed a degree in Philosophy and Ethics with a minor in Sociology; both of which have drastically impacted my approach to education. Outside of the classroom I often play for musical theatre shows around NC, I play drums for the Greensboro College Jazz Ensemble, give private lessons on piano and guitar, and lead worship at a church in Southeast Greensboro. I was the 2021-2022 Teacher of Year at Jefferson Elementary School and have been truly humbled to be named as the Teacher of the Year for the LLIMF KOI Program.

Although piano is the main skill that I teach, my heart’s goal as a teacher is to instill love, grace, and patience into these kids, and pray that they carry those virtues throughout the rest of their life.

2022 Teacher of the Year Finalists:

  • JungEun Hong – PS 214 Lorraine Hansberry Academy (NY)
  • Rebecca Benitez – Elliot Street Elementary School (NJ)
  • Reina Salcedo – Arbolita Elementary School (CA)
  • Linda Lie Lillis – Dr. Horton Elementary School (NJ)
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