Telstra ARIA Music Teacher 2017 Winner And Nominees

Winner - Renee McCatrhy

Woodcroft College, Morphett Vale SA

“Music keeps students involved in positive activities, establishes connections with others and develops confidence.” says Renee McCarthy. “he buzz about music at Woodcroft is a talking point around the community.”

Alex Manton

Asquith Girls High School, Asquith NSW

Alex Manton credits her programs at Asquith Girls with encouraging students to find their passion for music. “I go to great lengths to ensure all students are capable of playing or singing in ensemble situations. Differentiating to suit my students’ abilities is essential."


Julie Layt

Crescent Lagoon State School, Rockhampton QLD

Because of the inclusive approach to her music programs, which incorporate Auslan for students with hearing impairments, Julie Layt says students are happy to come to music class and love to perform. “For me, the obvious thing is the confidence and joy that is instilled by performing especially in a group situation."


Stephen McEwan

Bellarine Secondary College, Drysdale VIC.

Stephen McEwan's music program has created a safe learning environment where students have expressed that music is the only thing that keeps them at school. “We make music fun and work with passion. We learn together, create together, play together, sing together, and explore the many possibilities that music has to offer together," he says.