Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Finalists announced for 2018 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

9:00, 2nd November 2017

The shortlist for the 2018 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence has been revealed.

Created to celebrate excellence in music and performing arts education, the awards will be presented in 13 categories, from new products and resources to hubs, music departments and individual contributions to the sector.

There is no shortlist for the Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by Incorporated Society of Musicians), the Music Education Council Major Award (sponsored by Music Education Council) or the Music Teacher Magazine Editor’s Award (sponsored by EVC Music Publications). Winners for these categories will be announced on 22 February 2018 at a gala ceremony at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel, Mayfair. Tickets for the evening can be purchased here.

Alex Stevens, editor of Music Teacher magazine and chair of the judging panel, said: ‘This year’s awards showcase just how flexible and useful music can be, as well as highlighting the inspiring work of teachers up and down the country. From grime opera to CPR training, not to mention a range of initiatives aiming to widen access to a high-quality music education, the nominees provide a useful snapshot of our resilient cultural education sector.’

The shortlist

Best Classical Music Education Initiative, sponsored by Classic FM
• NYO Inspire
• Welsh National Opera & CânSing Opera Resources
• ‘Wassail! Carols of Comfort and Joy’ (Alexander L’Estrange & United Learning)
• Monteverdi 450 Project (Bristol Plays Music & Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras)
• National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain

Best Digital/Technological Resource
• Minute of Listening (Bristol Plays Music)
• VIP Studio Sessions (Charanga Ltd)
• Soundtrap
• Dorico (Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH)
• Tido

Best Music Education Product, sponsored by Allianz Musical Insurance
• My World – I Love Music (Out of the Ark Music)
• GCSE Music Study Guides (Rhinegold Education)
Being a Head of Music: A survival guide (by Patrick Gazard, Jane Werry & David Ashworth)
The Saxophone: The Art and Science of Playing and Performing (by John Harle, published by Faber Music)
• Beginner Theory Series (BJB Music)

Best Musical Initiative
• Infinity Orchestra (Surrey Music Hub)
• It’s CPR! (Portsmouth Music Hub)
• Grown: A Grime Opera (Charanga Ltd & Essex Music Education Hub)
• Noise Solution
• Sing Up

Best Musical Theatre Education Resource, sponsored by Schools Printed Music Licence
• Matilda School Resources
• Broadway Junior Audition Materials (Josef Weinberger/Music Theatre International)
• The School Musicals Company Shows for Licence range
• Secondary School shows and production resources (The Musical Company)
• Wicked – Secondary Drama KS3 & 4 Resource

Best Print Resource, sponsored by Schools Printed Music Licence
Five & Six Hands at One Piano (by Mike Cornick, published by Universal Edition)
4 Strings (by Liz Partridge, published by Boosey & Hawkes)
Celtic Piano Series: Celebrating the beauty of Scotland (by Donald Thomson, published by EVC Publications)
Five Note Philharmonic (by Sarah Watts, published by Kevin Mayhew)
The Intermediate Pianist (by Heather Hammond & Karen Marshall, published by Faber Music)
• How to Teach Music: 100 Inspiring Ideas series (by David Wheway, Hilary Miles and Jonathan Barnes, Hanh Doan and David Guinane, Karen Marshall and Penny Stirling, published by Collins Music)

Best School Music Department, sponsored by the MMA
• Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London
• The Belvedere Academy, Liverpool
• St. Christopher’s C.E. High School, Lancashire
• Rastrick High School, Calderdale
• The Premier Academy, Milton Keynes

Best SEND Resource
• The Improvise Approach (Carrie Lennard)
• The Short Guide to Accessible Music Education (Drake Music, Drake Music Scotland & Music Education Council)
• Open Orchestras (Open Up Music)
• OHMI Music Makers (One Handed Musical Instrument Trust)
• Relaxed Concert/Relaxed Prom (BBC National Orchestra of Wales)

Excellence in Primary/Early Years Music
• Little Notes
• M:Tech
• Singing Schools (The Voices Foundation & David Ross Education Trust)
• The Lullaby Concerts (Orchestra’s Live)
• Rocksteady Music School

Musicians’ Union Inspiration Award, sponsored by the Musicians’ Union
• Alison North, a music teacher at Lindley Junior School and director of Lindley Community Choir
• Rachael Clarke, Head of Performing Arts at Joseph Rowntree School, York
• Jo White, a community musician who increases the reach of music in healthcare through Rhythmix’s Wishing Well project
• Don Gillthorpe, Director of Music & Performing Arts at Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy
• David Barton, a private music tutor, accompanist and composer based in Lichfield



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