With the winner of the inaugural ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award about to be announced on 28 November, we make mention of another music teaching award that has started this year. EducationHQ, which serves as a national hub for teachers and schools and publishes Australian Teacher Magazine, has introduced a Music Teacher category in its Unsung Heroes Awards.
These awards set out to recognise the hard work of teachers in enriching the lives of children in Australian primary, secondary and K-12 schools, and it is commendable to see music teachers being acknowledged in this way. The four other categories in this award scheme are Leader, Teacher, Technology and Support.
EducationHQ says it received hundreds of entries for the Music Teacher award and that “it was incredibly hard to whittle the list of worthy recipients down to just five.”
The nominees are Shelley Davis of Flowerdale Primary School in Victoria, Ariel Balague of Macarthur Adventist College in NSW, Therese Balanzategui of Girraween Primary School in the NT, Robyn Martin and Samuel Martin of Eden Marine High School in NSW, and Ambrose Nicholls-Skene of the NT Music School. Congratulations to these heroes. See their biographies here – all have been building up music as part of their schools’ performing arts programs, developing choirs, and initiating a range of other opportunities for students to play and enjoy music.
Musica Viva is donating the prize through its In Schools program. It will include a visit by musicians to the winner’s school for an interactive live performance, professional development opportunities, and educational materials, all worth $1,350.
Voting for the Unsung Heroes Awards closes on 11 December, and anyone can participate – details here.
An important part of raising the profile of music education is through awards such as this. See our earlier story on the similarly new ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award here.