2021 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award Nominees Announced at JUNO Awards Nominee Press Conference

MusiCounts is thrilled to announce the nominees for the 2021 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation. This award recognizes an inspirational and passionate Canadian music educator’s impact not only on students, but on their community and the music education field.

“We are so delighted to be able to celebrate the nominees for MusiCounts Teacher of the Year,” said Kristy Fletcher, Executive Director of MusiCounts. “The past 12 months have demonstrated how essential music education is, and we’ve seen music teachers are going above and beyond to deliver this critical component of a child’s education. This exceptional group of educators exemplify dedication, passion, and innovation. It is truly an honour to recognize their efforts.”

The nominees for the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation, are:

Sophie Jalbert, École Roy et Joly, Rivière-du-Loup, QC

Bruce Millerd, Carleton Village Sports & Wellness Academy, Toronto, ON

Nicholas Pettipas, Bicentennial School, Dartmouth, NS

Mary Piercey-Lewis, Inuksuk High School, Iqaluit, NU

Stephen Richardson, École St. Joseph, Yellowknife, NT

The winner of the award will be announced live at the 50th JUNO Awards on May 16th. The winner receives a JUNO statuette, a cash prize of $10,000, and a generous donation to their school’s music program. Each of the nominees will receive a $1000 cash prize.

The MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award was established in 2005 to recognize and honour an exceptional Canadian music teacher. To date, the award has celebrated the accomplishments of 15 music educators across Canada who have strived to preserve the vitality of music education in their school and community.

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