2016 Finalists

Following a record number of nominations, we are delighted to announce the 59 finalists for the 2016 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence!

The winners of the 11 categories below will be announced on 25 February 2016 – along with the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Music Teacher Magazine Editor’s Award – in a gala ceremony at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Kensington. The evening will feature music from the Locke Brass Consort, under the direction of Leslie Lake and a Yamaha music scholar, and will be hosted by Classic FM’s Margherita Taylor.

View the 2016 winners here.

Best Musical Initiative

Sponsored by the Royal Marines Band Service

  • Castle Rock Music Maestros (Castle Rock High School)
  • Chiltern Music Academy
  • Proud to Perform (Club Europe)
  • Connected Schools Partnership (SoundCity Brighton & Hove)
  • UP! Orchestra (Surrey Music Hub)

Best Print Resource

Sponsored by Halstan UK

  • Everybody Sing! (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • Encore for Piano (ABRSM)
  • Improve Your Theory, Paul Harris (Faber Music)
  • Piano by Ear, Lucinda Mackworth-Young (Faber Music)
  • Traditional Fiddle, Jane Griffiths (OUP)
  • Vamoosh tutor books (Vamoosh Music)

Best Digital/Technological Resource

Sponsored by the ISM

  • Charanga Music Professional
  • English Folk Dance and Song Society Resource Bank
  • BBC Ten Pieces
  • MusicFirst (Music Sales Group)
  • Sinfini for Schools (Sinfini Music)
  • Music Express Online (A&C Black)

Best Send Resource

Sponsored by the Schools Printed Music Licence

  • Figurenotes (Drake Music Scotland)
  • Theremini (Moog)
  • Skoog (Skoogmusic)
  • SoundLab (Heart n Soul/Unthinkable Consulting/Goldsmiths/Public Domain Corporation)
  • AlphaSphere

Best Music Education Product

Sponsored by Rhinegold Publishing

  • pTrumpet (Warwick Music Group)
  • Orange Music Board
  • Bambajam
  • Notion (PreSonus)
  • Cubase (Steinberg)

New: Best Musical Theatre Education Resource

Sponsored by the Schools Printed Music Licence

  • Lion King education resources (Disney)
  • Stage-in-a-Box
  • Stagecoach Mini Stages
  • Billy Elliot education pack
  • Shows for Young Performers (Josef Weinberger)

Excellence in Primary / Early Years

Sponsored by ABRSM

  • BOLD AS (Deal Festival)
  • Rocksteady Music School
  • Soundpots (Stoke-on-Trent Music Service & Make Some Noise)
  • Little Notes
  • Cyrilla Rowsell, a Kodály practitioner who has taught extensively across the UK and the world, as well as working on the Jolly Music primary programme

Best School Music Departmnet

Sponsored by the MMA

  • Downs Junior School
  • East London Arts & Music
  • The Windsor Upper Schools
  • Merchants’ Academy, Bristol
  • Old Park Primary School

New: Music Education Council Major Award

Sponsored by the Music Education Council

  • Bristol Plays Music
  • East Ayrshire Council
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Hertfordshire Music Education Hub
  • Portsmouth Music Hub
  • SoundCity: Brighton & Hove
  • Soundstorm Music Hub
  • Telford & Wrekin Music Education Hub

Musicians' Union Inspiration Award

Sponsored by the Musicians’ Union

  • James Manwaring, director of music at Windsor Upper Schools
  • Marianna Hay, previously director of music at Highbury Grove School, Islington, and now artistic director of the National Orchestra for All
  • Richard Downing, a music technology teacher at the Working Men’s College
  • Mike Whitlock, music teacher at Victoria Education Centre, a special school in Poole, Dorset
  • Richard Ashton, founder of WorldBeatsMusic and percussion leader for Oxfordshire County Council’s music service

Music Teacher Magazine Editor's Award

Sponsored by elenacobb.com

There is no shortlist for this award.

Best Classical Music Education Initiative

Best Classical Music Education Initiative, sponsored by Classic FM – the winner of this award will be decided by a public vote on classicfm.com.

  • OperaPLUS (Jackdaws Music Education Trust)
  • Music for Open Ears
  • Mossley Hollins School Brass Outreach Project
  • Seven Seeds (Tri-borough Music Hub)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by Black Cat Music & MusicPracticeRooms.com

There is no shortlist for this award.