Music Teacher Awards for Excellence: Nominees announced

- 1 March 2013

The first event of its kind ever to be launched in the UK, Music Education Expo will offer more than 50 practical workshops and seminars for primary, secondary and instrumental music teachers, all free of charge to visitors who register online in advance. Already more than 2,500 delegates have signed up to attend this two day event on 20-21 March 2013.

The finalists of the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence have been announced. The awards will be held at a gala dinner on 20 March hosted by Classic FM presenter Margherita Taylor, as part of the inaugural Music Education Expo which will be held at London’s Barbican Centre on 20 and 21 March.

The awards will be given for: Best musical initiative, Best vocal initiative, Best print resource, Best digital or technological resource, Best school music department, Hub innovation award, Lifetime achievement award, Music Teacher Magazine Editor’s Award, and Best Classical Music Education Initiative.

The Best Classical Music Education Initiative will be decided by a public vote, which can be found on the Classic FM website here.

Full nominations

Best musical initiative, sponsored by MMA

This award is for an outstanding music education project which has made a sustained contribution to the musical achievement of a significant number of young people. The judges will consider initiatives both traditional and innovative, from youth ensembles to outreach projects.


  • Young Pianist of the North International Competition
  • Drake Music
  • London Music Masters
  • Stringbabies
  • Sandhurst & District Corps of Drums
  • Orchestra ONE: Orchestra of New Experiences

Best vocal initiative, sponsored by Suzi Digby OBE

This award is for a singing project which has encouraged a significant number of young people to start and continue singing to a high standard. The judges will look for evidence that projects have had a transformative effect on singing in a particular school or area.


  • Slough Music Service Choirs
  • David Idowu Choir
  • Gloucestershire County Youth Choir

Best print resource, sponsored by Rhinegold Publishing

New sheet music publications, tutor books, curriculum resources and musical textbooks will be eligible for this award, which will be given to a print publication – with or without a digital element – that has made an important contribution to the resources available for music teachers and learners.


  • Sign & Song (Cooper Music Productions)
  • Shining Brass (ABRSM)
  • How to Create a Successful Music Ensemble (Music Sales)

Best digital or technological resource, sponsored by Music Teacher Magazine

For a website, software, app or other technological resource which has enhanced the digital or technological offering available to music teachers and learners. Judges will look for evidence that products are having a direct impact on young people’s musical learning.


  • JamPod (Mix Music Education)
  • Charanga Musical School
  • Aural Trainer app (ABRSM)
  • SightRead4Piano app (Wessar International)

Best school music department, sponsored by Music Sales / Rhinegold Education

A primary or secondary music department with a track record of innovative, inclusive and excellent music education will be eligible for this award. Judges will look for evidence that schools are having a strong musical impact in their surrounding areas.


  • Beaumont School, St Albans
  • St Theresa’s RC Primary School, Morden
  • King’s School Grantham
  • Hayes School, Bromley
  • Uplands Primary School, Sandhurst
  • Monks Walk School, Welwyn Garden City

Hub innovation award, sponsored by Musicans’ Union

This award is for a regional music education hub that is already showing innovation and excellence in delivering music education across its catchment area, as well as good terms and suitable progression for music teachers.


  • Tri-borough Music Hub
  • Nottingham Music Hub
  • Hackney Music Hub
  • Hertfordshire Music Hub
  • Greater Manchester Music Hub
  • Portsmouth Music Hub

Lifetime achievement award, sponsored by /Black Cat Music

For an individual who has made a seminal contribution to music education.


  • Adrian Brown (musical director, Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra)
  • Atarah Ben-Tovim (flautist, music educator and children’s concert presenter)
  • Peter Dunkley (retired chief executive, Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Service)

Music Teacher Magazine Editor’s Award, sponsored by Beaumont Woodwind

For a product, initiative, organisation or individual chosen by the editor of Music Teacher magazine, in recognition of a unique and valuable contribution to music education made over the last year.

There is no shortlist for this award.

Best Classical Music Education Initiative, sponsored by Classic FM

This award will honour an education project which has used classical music in an innovative way, shown musical excellence and had a positive impact on a significant number of participants.

The winner of this award will be chosen by a public vote on the Classic FM website – click here to vote for your own favourite.


  • National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
  • National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain
  • National Youth Choir of Scotland
  • In Harmony Liverpool
  • Highbury Grove School
  • Sistema Scotland

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