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Congratulations Scott Maxwell 2018’s ARIA Music Teacher of the Year!

On Wednesday night’s star-studded ARIA Awards, Scott Maxwell from Mount Gambier, South Australia was presented with the 2018 ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored by Telstra!

Scott is a pivotal figure in the Mount Gambier music community, not only going above and beyond for his own students in his role at Grant High School but also creating mentoring opportunities for his more advanced students to teach at local primary schools who have no specialised music teachers.

“Scott is an exceptional music educator,” says The Song Room’s CEO, Simon Gipson. “He has compellingly demonstrated what can be achieved by a strong music program in positively influencing school culture, building connections between young people and school life, and lifting learning outcomes.”

The second year of the ARIA Music Teacher Award has seen it grow from strength to strength, with tens of thousands of votes pouring in from around the country from those showing their support for the four incredible music educators nominated.

It’s been remarkable to watch the public’s response to this award, which was introduced by The Song Room and ARIA to celebrate Australia’s music educators for their passion and hard work in teaching young people to play and love music. This support has strengthened our resolve to continue telling the stories of exceptional music teachers, and the programs they run, in schools across the country.

The Song Room and ARIA would like to thank everyone who voted, entered and supported the award. Special thanks to the three ARIA nominated teachers Deb Skelton, Dean Harawira and Becky Hall who all run exceptional music programs and inspire us every day. We are extremely proud to showcase the exceptional influence music teachers have on our children, setting them up for a bright future.

Creative kids are brighter kids, and the great work achieved by music teachers around the country is something we all agree is worth celebrating!

Congratulations Scott!

Scott Mawell, Grant High School Nomination Video



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