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Introducing the 2021 Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award Nominees!

The Song Room is extremely proud to partner with ARIA to announce the nominees for the 2021 Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award!

This award celebrates the exceptional impact Australia’s music teachers have on our children, and showcases the incredible dedication and hard work that goes into teaching young people how to play, love and appreciate music.

2021 marks the award’s fifth year, with a record number of applications from some of the country’s leading music educators.

The nominees were surprised by Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award ambassadors who visited the nominee’s schools to share the news of their nomination.

The four nominees for this year’s Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award are:

Ashley Baxter – Pimlico State Highschool, Townsville QLD

Ashley has ensured music at Pimlico State School has survived and thrived through the toughest of times, including the devastating Townsville floods of 2019 and the impact of COVID-19. In 2020, he helped share the school’s talents to audiences across the globe in twenty one online performances in ‘Pimlico by the Sea.’ Watch Ashley’s story with ambassador Amy Shark here.

Zoë Barry – Sacred Heart School, Melbourne VIC

For over a decade, Zoe has used the power of string instruments, hip-hop, and her training in music and trauma-informed pedagogy to build self-confidence and self-esteem in her students from Sacred Heart School, many of whom are from refugee and asylum-seeker backgrounds. Watch Zoe’s story with ambassador Baker Boy here.

Aaron Silver – Wodonga Primary School, Regional VIC

Aaron has rekindled and revolutionised Wodonga Primary School’s music program to be more inclusive, creative and technological.  During lockdowns and remote learning he created an online music program that had an outstanding reaction from students and their families, breaking engagement records on the school’s portals and socials. Watch Aaron’s story with ambassador Tones and I here.

Daniel Wilson – Star Struck, Newcastle NSW

Daniel is a driving force behind a Newcastle’s mega-musical extravaganza, Star Struck. As Musical Director he helps 3,000 students, ranging from Kindergarten to Year 12, gain large-scale performance and learning opportunities which is particularly important for those from remote and rural areas.  Watch Daniel’s story with ambassador Morgan Evans here.

Congratulations to all the nominees.

The award helps shine a light on the importance of Music Education. Research shows that children who participate in music education have improved self-esteem and confidence, increased school attendance, and greater academic outcomes. Plus, music education helps young people to manage stress, depression and loneliness by providing a sense of belonging and by supporting social-emotional skills.

With 3 in 4 schools Australian schools missing out on a specialist music teacher, this recognition is vital.

The winner will be announced at the ARIA Awards on 24th November 2021.

You can place your vote at aria.com.au ONCE PER DAY, PER DEVICE from now until 11:59 pm on November 17! 

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