Welcome to the ARIA Music Teacher Of The Year Award Voting.

Behind most artists who make it to the ARIA stage is a dedicated music teacher or mentor. In 2017, celebrate the exceptional influence music teachers have on our kids, setting them up for a bright future.

This year, ARIA and The Song Room are giving fans the chance to vote for their favourite nominee to help decide who takes home the inaugural ARIA Music Teacher Of The Year Award sponsored by Telstra.

Tune into The Nine Network on 28 Nov 2017, to see if your favourite teacher takes home an ARIA.

Meet the 2017 ARIA Nominees for Music Teacher of The Year.

Alex Manton
Asquith Girls High School, NSW Vote
Julie Layt
Crescent Lagoon State School, QLD Vote
Renee McCarthy
Woodcroft College, SA Vote
Stephen McEwan
Bellarine Secondary College, VIC Vote

Why music teachers matter.

Research proves 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
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Learn more about the ARIA Awards.

The ARIAs is the flagship event on the Australian music calendar – a celebration of all that is great in local music. The very first ARIA Awards were held in 1987 and hosted by Sir Elton John and winners included INXS, Crowded House and John Farnham. Since that time the ARIA Awards have developed into Australia’s pinnacle music Awards ceremony, forging careers and playing host to countless memorable moments and performances.

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Learn more about The Song Room.

The Song Room brightens the futures of Australia’s most disadvantaged children with music and arts programs delivered in partnership with schools across the country. We believe that all children should have the opportunity to participate in music and the arts to enhance their education, personal development and community involvement.

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