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Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 2014 announced

- 10 February 2014

This year’s Music Education Expo saw the announcement of the winners of the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 2014. The ceremony took place on the evening of 7 February 2014 in the Barbican’s Garden Room and Conservatory.

Classic FM’s Margherita Taylor, assisted by a jazz trio from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, oversaw proceedings, with awards presented by figures including Darren Henley, The Department for Education’s Jenny Curtis, and representatives from the sponsors.

The shortlist ‒ which is available to view at www.musiceducationexpo.co.uk/shortlist ‒ was compiled by the editorial team of Music Teacher magazine from more than 200 public nominations, and the winners are printed below.

The Hub Innovation Award was presented to Brighton and Hove's SoundCity Photo: Ceri Wood Photography

The Hub Innovation Award was presented to Brighton and Hove’s SoundCity
Photo: Ceri Wood Photography

Best Musical Initiative: Singing Playgrounds

Best Print Resource: Portsmouth Music Hub Songbooks

Best Digital/Technological Resource: Friday Afternoons (Aldeburgh Music)

Best SEN Resource: Drake Music Scotland

Excellence in Primary/Early Years Music: Mini Music Makers & Little Music Makers

Best school Music Department: Baden-Powell & St Peter’s Church of England Junior School

Hub Innovation Award: SoundCity (Brighton & Hove)

Most Innovative Retailer: Knock on Wood

Music Teacher Magazine Editor’s Award: Jane Cutler

Best Classical Music Education Initiative: In Harmony Opera North

Lifetime Achievement Awards were also presented to Vivienne Price & Christine Croshaw

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

Comments from our judging panel about each of the winners.

Best Musical Initiative: Singing Playgrounds (Ex Cathedra)

A project whose effective simplicity is matched only by its scope and potential. Implemented in 500 schools and counting, it has lead to genuine ‘lightbulb moments’ for headteachers – who now realise the strength that lies in making music in the playground and in the community.

Best Print Resource: Portsmouth Music Hub Songbooks

Fresh off their victory last year in the Hub Innovation category, Portsmouth Music Education Hub has done it again, with a truly outstanding series of songbooks composed by staff and partners at the hub. It is a resource that fills an essential purpose, and one that will be used for a long time to come.

Best Digital/Technological Resource: Friday Afternoons

With a global reach and an enduring legacy, the Friday Afternoons website hosted one of the biggest events of the music education calendar, and remains an essential resource, combining the excellence of providers such as Charanga and Boosey and Hawkes with an inspired editorial hand.

Most Innovative Retailer: Knock on Wood

Knock on Wood achieves outstanding commercial service by bringing practicing musicians and experts to the forefront of its operations. As their website says: whatever you want they have ‘played it, compared it, taken it to pieces and put it back together again!’

Best SEN Resource: Drake Music Scotland

In a diverse field that is developing quickly, Drake Music Scotland’s Figurenotes notation system has become a benchmark resource in teaching notation to pupils with severe and complex needs.

Hub Innovation Award: SoundCity (Brighton & Hove)

SoundCity is a hub that has gone as far as any in setting concrete, achievable goals, and in following them through with conviction. They include high-profile collaborations, specific support of those in challenging circumstances and a programme of clearly defined progression opportunities for all.

Best School Music Department: Baden-Powell & St Peter’s Church of England Junior School

The school’s wide and ambitious music programme has rightly achieved Artsmark Gold status, and the enthusiasm and pride of its pupils spoke volumes in support of its application.

Excellence in Primary/Early Years Music: Mini Music Makers and Little Music Makers (Music for Change)

Music for Change’s early years projects in disadvantaged areas combine excellence in execution; ongoing engagement with teachers and parents; and, crucially, a savvy network of partnerships. Its specialist facilitators, working within the inclusive Music For Change ethos, have delivered music to 1,500 under 5s and counting!

MT editor’s award: Jane Cutler (DaCapo Music)

Music Teacher Editor Thomas Lydon said of Jane: ‘The DaCapo Music Foundation aims to ‘find many ways to get quality music-making to children’, and over the last 22 years, this aim has been gloriously realised, enriching the lives of thousands of students through its music centres, summer schools and its work in schools and nurseries. From a formative period teaching alongside Sheila Nelson at the famous Tower Hamlets Strings project, where she came into contact with Kodály and Dalcroze methods, she went on to develop her own syllabuses, creating, in DaCapo, an outstanding education channel for students of all ages.

Lifetime Achievement award: Christine Croshaw

Described by her students as a ‘magical musician who is always ready with the right words’. An outstanding performer and master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming, Christine Croshaw is known for her total commitment to helping others build the technical tools and mental strength to flourish as musicians.

Lifetime achievement award: Vivienne Price

Vivienne Price’s legacy is plain to see and hear – in its 35-year history, the National Children’s Orchestra has been a beacon of aspiration, benefitting thousands of children, including many of today’s top performers. Her tireless tutelage continues to pay dividends in concert halls across the country and abroad, and her achievement in founding the organisation and ensuring it’s continued growth cannot be underestimated.

JUDGING PANEL

The panel was chaired by Thomas Lydon, editor of Music Teacher magazine

• Dr Richard Hillier, Headmaster of the Yehudi Menuhin School
• Professor Barry Ife, Principal of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama
• David Barnard, education consultant
• Richard Hallam MBE, Chair of the Music Education Council
• Diane Widdison, National Organiser for education and training at the Musicians’ Union

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