Previous Years Nominees


Antonio Chiapett
St Andrews College, Marayong,

Bel Skinner
North Regional TAFE,

Julia Rennick
Gunnedah Conservatorium,

Lee Strickland
Narbethong State Special School,


Scott Maxwell
Grant High School,

Becky Hall
Royal Children's Hospital,

Deb Skelton
Caladenia Primary,

Dean Harawira
Nerange State High,


Renee McCarthy
Woodcroft College,

Julie Layt
Crescent Lagoon State School,

Alex Manton
Asquith Girls High School,

Stephen McEwan
Bellarine Secondary College,

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 2020, 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 provides opportunities for Australian children to participate in music and the arts to enhance their education, personal development and community involvement, giving them the best possible start in life.

We deliver an impactful, sustainable and scalable approach to arts learning. We work in partnership with schools and communities across Australia to improve student outcomes and school engagement.

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