The MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award
The MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, presented by Anthem Entertainment, was established in 2005 to recognize and honour an exceptional Canadian music teacher each year.
To date, this award has celebrated the accomplishments of 18 music educators across Canada who strive to preserve the livelihood of music education in their school and community.
Jewel Casselman, winner of the 2023 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award.
- Canadian music teachers with at least 5 years of teaching experience who have received a grant through the MusiCounts Band Aid Program on behalf of any school music program are eligible to be nominated for this award.
- The award winner receives a $10,000 cash prize, a substantial contribution to their school’s music program, and a JUNO Award statuette.
- Nominations are now open.
December 8, 2023
Key Attributes & Evaluation Criteria
The Teacher of the Year should demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to teaching, and should have a demonstrated history of providing meaningful musical experiences for students.
The Teacher of the Year should be a strong advocate for preserving quality music education in Canadian schools through fundraising, voicing their passion for music education on different committees and boards, etc.
The Teacher of the Year’s teaching should reflect a prolonged dedication to music education and student impact.
The Teacher of the Year should ensure students of varying backgrounds and skill levels have the opportunity to learn, experience, and appreciate music.
The Teacher of the Year should have a proven track record of adapting and diversifying their teaching practices to keep up with changing student needs.
The Teacher of the Year should have the support, respect, and admiration of students, parents, administrators, and colleagues. They should be regarded as a leader in their community and a mentor in their field.
The Teacher of the Year should make tangible and positive differences in the lives of students, with the ability to motivate, challenge, and encourage them to be more confident creators and appreciators of music.
How Does It Work?
Each Fall, MusiCounts accepts nominations for this award. Eligible teachers may be nominated by colleagues, school administrators, or anyone familiar with the nominee’s teaching.
From the initial pool of nominations received, a finalist pool of nominees is determined by an adjudication committee. All finalist nominees are asked to submit additional materials which discuss their experience and approach to teaching music.
A committee of music education leaders from across the country reviews each of the finalist nominee’s materials and makes their recommendation for who should receive the award.
Jewel Casselman, 2023 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year
Jewel Casselman is the winner of the 2023 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award. Jewel won a $10,000 cash prize, a contribution to the music program at Lakewood School in Winnipeg, MB, and a JUNO statuette! Learn more about Jewel, the first-ever elementary music educator to win this award!
Please reach out to Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions that haven't been answered within the nomination guidelines.
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