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Nominations Open:
ARIA Music Teacher of the Year

ARIA in partnership with national arts education organisation The Song Room have opened nominations for the third ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award sponsored by Telstra.

The award is open to any teacher working on a music program in a school, kindergarten, early childhood centre, youth centre or private tuition music school in Australia. Anyone from around the country - from students, school administrators, to friends, neighbours and family - can nominate their music teacher for consideration to win an ARIA.

The award was introduced to recognise music teachers for their passion and hard work in providing Australian children with a better education and the chance to play and enjoy music and this year is dedicated to the late Richard Gill AO. 

The celebrated conductor made it his mission to inspire others to learn and love music that will live on, advocating for music as an integral part of a child’s education.

“We teach music because it acts in a unique way on the heart, mind, soul and spirit of the child, stimulating thought and imagination in very special ways,” he said.

Last year, ARIA artist ambassadors Guy Sebastian, Justine Clarke, Sheppard and Thelma Plum visited four finalists in four states.

“Music is so important, it’s life changing," said 2018 winner Scott Maxwell from Grant High School in Mount Gambier, SA.

“It connects us with the world, it connects us with each other, it connects us to ourselves and it brings our consciousness into the present."


“This award is validating music education in our country and it is supporting music education in our country, which is so important. There are so many amazing educators out there doing wonderful things in music and it is such an honour to be recognised as a leader in transforming lives and inspiring others through music.”

Scott Maxwell
2018 ARIA Music Teacher of the Year

A shortlist of nominees will be announced at the ARIA nominations event in October.

Each shortlisted teacher will be partnered with an artist ambassador who will visit their school to help celebrate their success and tell their story. A public voting process will be conducted culminating in the winner’s presentation at the in November.

Do you have an incredible music teacher in your life? Click below to view the guidelines and nominate your favourite music educator.

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