The MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award
The MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award was established in 2005 to recognize and honour an exceptional Canadian music teacher each year. This award is generously presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation.
To date, this award has celebrated the accomplishments of 16 music educators across Canada who strive to preserve the livelihood of music education in their school and community.
Dr. Mary Piercey-Lewis, winner of the 2021 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation
- Any Canadian music teacher who has received a grant through the MusiCounts Band Aid Program on behalf of any school music program is 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 currently closed. Dr. Mary Piercey-Lewis was named the 2021 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year at the JUNO Awards on June 6, 2021. To learn more about the nominees, click here. Nominations for the 2022 award will open in Fall 2021.
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 will also have established creative ways to maintain meaningful music education experiences for their students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
2021 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Nominees
MusiCounts is honoured to share the stories of the five exceptional educators who have been nominated for the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation.
Left to right: Carter Chiasson (2020), Kim Hastings (2019), Laura Lee Matthie (2018), Dianne Winmill (2017), Don Bosse (2016), Steve Sainas (2015), Jeff Kula (2014), Mark Reid (2013), Hugh Johnston (2012), Marian Cheney (2011), Scott Leonard (2010), Alex Voros (2009), Bernard Hebert (2008), Ann Turner (2007), Norman McIntosh (2006)