Renee McCarthy (Ms Mac if you’re her student) from Woodcroft College in Morphett Vale South Australia received the inaugural ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award, presented with The Song Room and sponsored by Telstra.
Her music program at has helped students get involved in positive activities, establish connections with others and develop their confidence.
"I am so excited to be recognised by The Song Room and ARIA for doing a job that I love. As a music teacher, I already consider myself lucky for being able to share the musical journeys with my special students, and to receive this Award is an incredible honour. I hope this Award shines the spotlight on music education for all students all across Australia," McCarthy says.
Woodcroft College is big on music instruction, scholarships are avialable for Years 8 to 12 offering a discount in fees.
The Woodcroft College Music Program provides students with the opportunity to join a variety of ensembles and bands and to participate in the annual Musical Production and ever popular Arts Showcase.
The school’s Aspiring Musicians Program (AMP) aims to recognise talented, aspiring music students in the Middle School (Years 6 to 9) and encourages their music studies on an instrument or using their voice.
Public voting for the ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award received tens of thousands of votes from around the country who shared their experiences of dedicated music teachers that have positively influenced their lives.
The Song Room offers structured arts and music programs to disadvantaged children looking to enhance their education and bridging the education equity gap.