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2018 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year

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Dianne Winmill – 2017 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year

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Award Overview

New Framework: For 2018 MusiCounts is implementing a new framework for the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award nomination and review process, so please review the information below.

What: The MusiCounts Teacher of the Year (MTOY) Award was established in 2005 to recognize and honour exceptional music teachers who strive to preserve the livelihood of music education in their school and community. The Award pays tribute to the accomplishments of one exceptional music teacher each year.

Who is eligible to be nominated: any Canadian music teacher who has applied for and received a MusiCounts Band Aid Program instrument grant on behalf of any school music program. This can be the nominee’s current school, or a school that they have taught at in the past.

Who can nominate a teacher: teachers are typically nominated by a colleague who is familiar with their teaching practice. This may include school administrators, parents, or other teachers. Teachers may not nominate themselves for this award.

When: Nominations open Monday October 22, 2018 and will be available on this page.

Nominee Teacher Attributes:

The MusiCounts Teacher of the Year should possess the following key attributes:

  1. Passion. The MTOY should demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to teaching, and should have a demonstrated history of providing meaningful musical experiences for students.
  2. Advocacy. The MTOY should be a strong advocate for preserving quality music education in Canadian schools through fundraising, voicing their passion for music education different committees and boards, etc.
  3. Experience. The MTOY’s teaching should reflect a prolonged dedication to music education and student impact.
  4. Inclusivity. The MTOY should be committed to ensuring students of varying backgrounds and skill levels have the opportunity learn, experience and appreciate music.
  5. Adaptability. The MTOY should have a proven track record of adapting and diversifying their teaching practices to keep up with changing student needs.
  6. Recognition. The MTOY should have the support, respect and admiration of students, parents, administrators and colleagues. They should be regarded as a leader in their community and a mentor in their field.
  7. Inspirational. The MTOY should make tangible and positive differences in the lives of students, with the ability to motivate, challenge and encourage them to be more confident creators and appreciators of music.

Nomination Process

Dianne Winmill – Teacher of the Year – Blue Rodeo PC: Barry Roden

Nominations Open

October 22, 2018
Alex Voros – 2009 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year

Nominations Due

November 23, 2018
Hugh Johnston – 2012 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year

Evaluation Period

Dec 2018 - Jan 2019
Steve Sainas – 2015 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year

Nominees Finalists Notified

Spring 2019

Prize Details

  • $ 10,000 cash donation to the Recipient
  • Significant contribution to the Recipient’s school music program
  • An invitation to attend the 2019 JUNO Awards Weekend for the Award recipient and a guest. Airfare, accommodation, and tickets are included.
  • A spectacular solid crystal statuette based on the JUNO Award design created by Canadian glass artist, the late Shirley Elford

Award Process

  1. Nomination: anyone who is familiar with the nominee’s teaching may nominate a teacher for this award. Nominating a teacher will require the following:
    • Completion of an online nomination form that will ask basic questions about the nominee and their teaching background.
    • A letter of nomination that outlines why the nominee should receive this award.
    • 2-3 additional letters of support from others who are familiar with the nominees teaching (school administrators, colleagues, current/former students, etc)
  2. Initial adjudication: nomination packages will be assessed, and a shortlist of finalists will be determined.
  3. Finalist supplemental materials: MusiCounts will notify the finalists and request additional materials and information. This will include:
    • A resume/CV
    • Completion of a questionnaire that will ask the nominee to explain how their teaching aligns with the MTOY Key Attributes (see below)
    • A statement of teaching philosophy
  4. Final Adjudication: A national committee of music educators will assess the materials submitted by both the nominator and the nominee.
  5. Recipient & nominee notification

Eligibility Criteria

  • The nominee must have applied for and received a MusiCounts Band Aid Program instrument grant on behalf of any school music program. This can be the nominee’s current school, or a school that they have taught at in the past.
  • The nominee must be an active, full-time music teacher (not retired), with no less than 5 years experience teaching music.
  • The nominee must be a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant, residing and teaching in Canada.

Evaluation Criteria

The MTOY Award, bestowed by the MusiCounts Committee, is in recognition of a music teacher who:

  • Is a professional and outstanding music educator
  • demonstrates an extraordinary commitment towards children and teaching
  • has made a tangible and positive difference in students’ lives, with an ability to motivate, challenge and encourage them
  • inspires students to learn about and appreciate music
  • inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities
  • contributes to the advancement of music in his/her community
  • has the support, respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues
  • possesses the ability to generate excitement and enthusiasm for music within his/her school and/or community

Previous MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award Recipients