Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award

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2021 Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award Nominees Announced

In partnership with Telstra and supported by The Song Room, ARIA is proud to announce this year's Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award nominees.

2021 marks a momentous occasion for the award as it enters its fifth year, with a record number of applications from some of the country's leading music educators. The winner of this year's award will join the likes of Sarah Donnelly (2020, Willcania Central School, Wilcannia NSW), Antonio Chiappetta (2019, St Andrews College, Sydney, NSW), Scott Maxwell (2018, Grant High School, Mount Gambier, SA) and Renee McCarthy (2017, Woodcroft College, Adelaide SA).

Every year the public help determine the winner of the Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award, with the winner to be announced as part of the ARIAs this November.

Recognise the influence of Australian music teachers.

Behind most artists who make it to the ARIA stage is a dedicated music teacher or mentor. The Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award was

introduced by ARIA, in partnership with The Song Room and 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.

Music and creativity help improve education standards, well-being and build a stronger connection for students to their school life. In

2021, celebrate the exceptional influence music teachers have on our kids, setting them up for a bright future.

Why Music Teachers Matter

Research shows that children involved in music at school:

  • achieve better grades
  • attend school more often
  • improve their self-esteem and confidence, and experience less stress, depression, loneliness and anger

Creative kids are brighter kids, and research shows that participation in music programs has a positive impact on childrens lives.

3 out of 4 Australian children have no access to specialist music education at school, despite the fact that The Song Room’s programs deliver: