Following a record number of nominations, we are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2018 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence!

The winners of the 11 categories below will be announced on 22 February 2018 – along with the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Music Teacher Magazine Editor’s Award – in a gala ceremony at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel in Mayfair. This black-tie event will feature a champagne reception, a three-course meal plus wine, and performances from a Yamaha scholar. The awards will once again be presented by a Classic FM host.

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Best Musical Initiative

Sponsored by the Royal Marines Band Service

  • Infinity Orchestra (Surrey Music Hub)
  • It’s CPR! (Portsmouth Music Hub)
  • Grown: A Grime Opera (Charanga & Essex Music Education Hub)
  • Noise Solution
  • Sing Up

Best Print Resource

Sponsored by the Schools Printed Music Licence

  • Five & Six Hands at One Piano (by Mike Cornick, published by Universal Edition)
  • 4 Strings (by Liz Partridge, published by Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Celtic Piano Series: Celebrating the beauty of Scotland (by Donald Thomson, published by EVC Publications)
  • Five Note Philharmonic (by Sarah Watts, published by Kevin Mayhew)
  • The Intermediate Pianist (by Heather Hammond & Karen Marshall, published by Faber Music)
  • How to Teach Music: 100 Inspiring Ideas series (by David Wheway, Hilary Miles and Jonathan Barnes, Hanh Doan and David Guinane, Karen Marshall and Penny Stirling, published by Collins Music)

Best Musical Theatre Education Resource

Sponsored by the Schools Printed Music Licence

  • Matilda School Resources
  • Broadway Junior Audition Materials (Josef Weinberger/Music Theatre International)
  • The School Musicals Company Shows for Licence range
  • Secondary School shows and production resources (The Musical Company)
  • Wicked – Secondary Drama KS3 & 4 Resource

Best School Music Department

Sponsored by the MMA

  • Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London
  • The Belvedere Academy, Liverpool
  • St. Christopher’s C.E. High School, Lancashire
  • Rastrick High School, Calderdale
  • The Premier Academy, Milton Keynes

Music Education Council Major Award

Sponsored by the Music Education Council

  • Birmingham Music Education Partnership
  • Bristol Plays Music
  • East Ayrshire Council

Musicians' Union Inspiration Award

Sponsored by the Musicians’ Union

  • Alison North, a music teacher at Lindley Junior School and director of Lindley Community Choir
  • Rachael Clarke, Head of Performing Arts at Joseph Rowntree School, York
  • Jo White, a community musician who increases the reach of music in healthcare through Rhythmix’s Wishing Well project
  • Don Gillthorpe, Director of Music & Performing Arts at Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy
  • David Barton, a private music tutor, accompanist and composer based in Lichfield

Music Teacher Magazine Editor's Award

Sponsored by

The winner of this award will be selected by Alex Stevens, editor of Music Teacher magazine, from among all the entries and also from across the broader music education sector. Nominations will not be accepted for this category. The winner will exemplify:
  • Excellence in design and implementation
  • A strong sense of either social justice or artistic excellence
  • Ambition, innovation and/or exceptional personal determination

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by the Incorporated Society of Musicians

For an individual who has made a seminal contribution to music education. There will be no shortlist for this award, but nominations are welcome. 

Best Music Education Product

Sponsored by Allianz Musical Insurance

  • My World – I Love Music (Out of the Ark Music)
  • GCSE Music Study Guides (Rhinegold Education)
  • Being a Head of Music: A survival guide (by Patrick Gazard, Jane Werry & David Ashworth)
  • The Saxophone: The Art and Science of Playing and Performing (by John Harle, published by Faber Music)
  • Beginner Theory Series (BJB Music)

Excellence in Primary/Early Years

  • Little Notes
  • M:Tech
  • Singing Schools (The Voices Foundation & David Ross Education Trust)
  • The Lullaby Concerts (Orchestras Live)
  • Rocksteady Music School

Best Digital/Technological Resource

  • Minute of Listening (Sound and Music in partnership with Bristol Plays Music)
  • VIP Studio Sessions (Charanga)
  • Soundtrap
  • Dorico (Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH)
  • Tido

Best SEND Resource

  • The Improvise Approach (Carrie Lennard)
  • The Short Guide to Accessible Music Education (compiled by Emma Lines, Drake Music Scotland and Jonathan Westrup, Drake Music, with the support of the Music Education Council ASN/SEND Working Group)
  • Open Orchestras (Open Up Music)
  • OHMI Music Makers (One Handed Musical Instrument Trust)
  • Relaxed Concert/Relaxed Prom (BBC National Orchestra of Wales)

Best Classical Music Education Initiative

Sponsored by Classic FM

  • NYO Inspire Orchestra
  • Welsh National Opera & CânSing Opera Resources
  • “Wassail! Carols of Comfort and Joy” (Alexander L’Estrange & United Learning)
  • Monteverdi 450 Project (Bristol Plays Music and Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras)
  • National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain


The winner will be chosen by a public vote on