Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 2017 shortlist revealed

11:36, 26th October 2016

The shortlist for the 2017 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, covering new products and resources as well as 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 elenacobb.com); winners for these categories will be announced at the awards ceremony.

‘This year’s awards have seen a wide range of extremely strong nominations, highlighting some of the superb work being done by music educators across the UK,’ said Alex Stevens, editor of Music Teacher magazine and chair of the awards judging panel. ‘We are delighted to reveal our shortlist and look forward to celebrating the best of the music education sector in February.’

The winners will be announced at a gala on 9 February 2017.

Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 2017

The longlist for the Music Education Council Music Education Awards 2016 is available here.

Best Musical Initiative, sponsored by the Royal Marines Band Service

  • Coda Fiddle Orchestra (Coda Music Centre)
  • Friday Afternoons (Aldeburgh Music)
  • Bang the Drum 2016 (Inspire Works)
  • National Youth Jazz Collective
  • Orchestras for All: Modulo Programme

Best Print Resource

  • The Mindful Pianist by Mark Tanner (Faber Music/EPTA)
  • ABRSM Piano Star (ABRSM)
  • BlitzBooks by Samantha Coates
  • Emerging Voices, ed. Martin Ashley and Andy Brooke (Oxford University Press)
  • Get on Board Bristol Music Curriculum (Bristol Plays Music)

Best Digital/Technological Resource

  • E-MusicMaestro
  • Music Theory Online
  • Playnote: Scalebook
  • Rhinegold Education: Online Music Classroom
  • Sing Up: Song Bank

Best SEND Resource, sponsored by Schools Printed Music Licence

  • The Music Man Project
  • Anyone Can Play: Charanga Musical School
  • UP! Orchestra (Surrey Music Hub)
  • A New Ambition (Bristol Plays Music)
  • Special Virtuosi

Best Music Education Product

  • Charanga Musical School
  • Bach’s Authentic Chorale Harmony: A Progressive Guide to His Principles and Practices by Christopher Mabley (The Choir Press)
  • pBuzz (Warwick Music)
  • Simultaneous Learning Practice Starters by Paul Harris (Faber Music)

Best Musical Theatre Education Resource, sponsored by Schools Printed Music Licence

  • Trench Brothers (HMDT Music)
  • Stagesong (Mousetrap Theatre Projects)
  • Young Theatre Designer Awards resources (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
  • Josef Weinberger/Music Theatre International: ‘Junior’ and ‘School’ editions
  • Getting to know…The Sound of Music (Rogers and Hammerstein)
  • Discovery Workshops (Stagecoach Theatre Arts)

Excellence in Primary/Early Years Music

  • Voices Foundation
  • Anna Rusbatch / Downs Junior School
  • CânSing
  • Music for Little People
  • Tune Into Listening (MAC Birmingham, Hillfields Children’s Centre / Allens Croft Children’s Centre)

Best School Music Department, sponsored by the MMA

  • Windsor Upper Schools
  • Ripley St Thomas CE Academy
  • Twyford CofE School
  • Victoria Education Centre
  • Wilsons School, Sutton

Musicians’ Union Inspiration Award, sponsored by Musicians’ Union

  • Donal McCrisken (Choir Master, The Belfast Opera)
  • James Manwaring (Director of Music at Windsor Upper Schools)
  • Mike Whitlock (Victoria Education Centre)
  • Simon Platford MBE (Head of Music, Wrekin College)
  • Jane Sayer (Head of Music, Mildenhall College Academy, Suffolk)

Best Classical Music Education Initiative, sponsored by Classic FM

  • Apollo Music Projects
  • Jackdaws: The Year of… (Jackdaws Music Education Trust)
  • The Belfast Opera (Belfast Buildings Trust / NI Opera / The Prince’s Trust)
  • Live Music Portsmouth (Portsmouth Music Hub)
  • FLAME (Orchestra’s Live)


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