Now Open! Nominate your music teacher for an ARIA today!

Now Open! Nominate your music teacher for an ARIA today!

The Song Room is excited to announce that entries are now open for the Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award 2023.

Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award Nominations now open

Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award 2023 award celebrates music education and the essential role that music teachers play in inspiring and championing the next generation of young creators, their schools, and communities. The award was launched in 2017 by ARIA in partnership with The Song Room.

By celebrating Australian music teachers, ARIA in partnership with The Song Room and Telstra, shine a light on the importance of music education to connect students to learning and enrich their lives. Quality music education can increase student engagement at school, and improve students’ wellbeing and academic outcomes.

Your music teacher deserves recognition. Nominate them today.

“For many young people a great music teacher and the opportunity to participate in music at school has the power to change their lives – to experience joy, to succeed at school, and to feel connected to their community. Celebrating the unique and brilliant talents of Australian music educators at the ARIAs is a highlight on The Song Room’s calendar. Teachers, parents, students get on board and nominate your teacher. They deserve their ARIA moment.”  Alice Gerlach, CEO The Song Room.

Matt Orchard accepting the 2022 Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award.

Last year, Matt Orchard from Apollo Bay P-12 College, Victoria was celebrated as the 2022 award winner. Matt uses the power of music to build confidence, connections, and self-esteem in his students.

“As I began my ARIA journey, I had no idea just how much joy it would bring to so many people, many of whom I did not even know. Throughout the experience, there was an unspoken embracing from all that music and music education plays a crucial role in improving the mental health and wellbeing of kids right across the country in schools, and always has done.”

“If we as music teachers can achieve anything, then this is probably the finest outcome possible. Oh yeah, by the way it was also pretty fun hanging out with rock legends, TV stars and big politicians, not to mention The Wiggles. Music ROCKS!” Matt Orchard, 2022 Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award winner.

Matt was one of four music teachers from across Australia chosen as a nominee for the 2022 award. ARIA Ambassadors Tsehay “The Yellow Wiggle” Hawkins, Ben Gillies, Mitch Tambo and Anthony “The Blue Wiggle” Field helped each nominee to tell their stories.

Want your teacher to be in the running to win the Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award 2023?   Enter by 5pm, 31 May 2023.

Find out more about the impact of The Song Room and quality music education here.