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ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award 2018

Do you know an incredible music teacher?

The Song Room and ARIA are excited to announce that nominations for the second ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award, Sponsored by Telstra, are now open!

Last year, Renée McCarthy from Woodcroft College in South Australia had the experience of a lifetime, becoming the first ever ARIA Music Teacher of the Year!

Renée was one of four finalist music teachers from four different states of Australia who were visited by ARIA Artist Ambassadors Jessica Mauboy, Josh Pyke, Lior and Missy Higgins and were in the running to win an ARIA. You must enter you teacher before June 30th to have them in the running!


Recognise the influence of Australian music teachers.

The ARIA Music Teacher of The Year Award was introduced by ARIA and The Song Room and sponsored by Telstra 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.

There is growing recognition worldwide of the value of creativity and the arts to improve education standards and build a better connection for students to their school life in general. The Song Room is helping to close the education equity gap in many communities in regional, remote and metro areas through its arts education programs run in partnership with schools.


Entries are now open!

Nominate an exceptional music teacher you know today.

This 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.

Print out this downloadable A3 poster and put in the name of your favourite Music Teacher to drum up support around your school!

Teacher nominations close Saturday 30 June, 2017.
It could be a music teacher you know accepting the ARIA Award this November!

To view the eligibility and judging criteria, and enter an inspiring music educator visit




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