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: nz­mu­si­ mu­sicteacher/

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