Search on for musical mentors
Schools and communities in South Otago and Southland are being asked to nominate music teachers or mentors for New Zealand’s inaugural Music Teacher of the Year award.
Organised by Recorded Music NZ and the NZ Music Commission, the award will be presented as part of the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards in November.
Recorded Music chief executive Damian Vaughan said many artists who make it to the music awards stage credit a music teacher or mentor as instrumental in their development.
International research proved that children involved in music had improved cognitive development, attended school more often and had increased self-esteem and confidence, he said.
‘‘We need to celebrate the people who make this possible.
‘‘Learning to play music is such an important part of childhood and should be nurtured into something beautiful.’’
Recorded Music NZ is a nonprofit group for recording artists and their labels, which organises the Music Awards, the weekly NZ Top40 Charts and the Music Grants programme.
Since 2001, the NZ Music Commission has recognised the valued efforts of music teachers and supported their inclassroom work through the Musicians Mentoring in Schools programme, a Ministry of Education funded initiative that connects young emerging talent with some of Aotearoa’s top musicians to learn from the best.
More than 200 artists have shared their expertise in songwriting, instrumental and vocal technique, recording technology and industry insight, including Jon Toogood, Maisey Rika and Chris Mac of Six60.
The winner of the Music Teacher of the Year Award will be announced in early November, and acknowledged at the Music Awards ceremony.
Nominations close at 5pm on June 15. More information at: nzmusicawards.co.nz/ musicteacher/