MusiCounts
Don Bosse – Teacher of the Year 2016

2016 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year

Jeff Kula – 2014 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year

Nominations Open in Late 2017

Award Overview

What: The MusiCounts Teacher of the Year (MTOY) Award was established in 2005 to recognize and honour dedicated music teachers who keep music alive in in Canadian schools. The Award pays tribute to the accomplishments of one exceptional music teacher.

Each year, the award is sponsored or presented by an artist, including: The Rolling Stones, Michael Bublé, Céline Dion, Shania Twain, Tragically Hip, Anne Murray, Billy Talent, Johnny Reid, Gord Bamford, and MAGIC!. This 2016-2017 award is presented by Blue Rodeo.

Who Is Eligible to Be Nominated: Any teacher from a previous MusiCounts Band Aid Program recipient school is eligible to be nominated.

Who Can Nominate A Teacher: A principal, parent, or co-worker from the MusiCounts Band Aid recipient school may nominate the teacher. A teacher may not nominate themselves.

When: Applications will open late 2017 and close early 2018.

Prize Details

  • $ 10,000 cash donation to the Recipient
  • Significant contribution to the Recipient’s school music program
  • An invitation to attend the 2017 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

Nomination Process

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

Nominations Open

Late 2017
Alex Voros – 2009 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year

Nominations Due

Early 2018 - exact date TBD
Hugh Johnston – 2012 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year

Evaluation Period

Early 2018
Steve Sainas – 2015 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year

Nominees Notified

Spring 2018

Information Needed for Nomination

  1. Basic information on the school and school music program
  2. Information on the nominated teacher including years teaching, grade levels taught, and previous awards
  3. Nomination letter describing why you think the particular teacher should receive the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award
  4. We encourage you to supply support letters from others in the school community such as principal, parents, students, or school board to help demonstrate why the teacher is deserving of the award

Eligibility Criteria

  • The nominee must be a music teacher currently teaching in a Canadian public – elementary or secondary school (K – Grade 12).
  • The Nominee must have a minimum of three years working directly with students, teaching music within a classroom/ school setting.
  • The Nominee must be a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant residing in Canada.
  • The Nominee must be currently teaching at a MusiCounts Band Aid Program recipient school.

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