ARIA Music Teacher
of the Year Award.

Congratulations to Scott Maxwell

Winner of the 2018
ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award!


ARIA and The Song Room are extremely proud to share the stories of Scott and his fellow nominees for the 2018 ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award sponsored by Telstra - Becky, Deb and Dean. This award celebrates the exceptional influence Australia’s music educators have on our kids and showcases the dedication and hard work that goes into teaching young people to play and love music.

Click below to see their stories.



Recognise the influence of Australian music teachers.

Behind most artists who make it to the ARIA stage is a dedicated music teacher or mentor.  In 2018, celebrate the exceptional influence music teachers have on our kids, setting them up for a bright future.

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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