ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award.

Winner of the inaugural ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award in 2017 was

Renee McCarthy from Woodcroft College, South Australia!


Three other teachers, Julie Layt, Alex Manton and Steve McEwan received ARIA Nominations for their exceptional music programs.


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

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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