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.

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Dr. Mary Piercey-Lewis, winner of the 2021 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation

Key Facts

  • 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.

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 2021 nominees, click here.


Nominations Are Open

Nominate a music educator for the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation.

Nominations Open

October 22, 2021 - December 1, 2021

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Finalist Nominees Announced

March 1, 2022

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Winner Announced

May 15, 2022

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Key Attributes & Evaluation Criteria

PASSION

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.

ADVOCACY

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.

EXPERIENCE

The Teacher of the Year’s teaching should reflect a prolonged dedication to music education and student impact.

INCLUSIVITY

The Teacher of the Year should ensure students of varying backgrounds and skill levels have the opportunity to learn, experience, and appreciate music.

ADAPTABILITY

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.

RECOGNITION

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.

INSPIRATIONAL

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.


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Dr. Mary Piercey-Lewis, 2021 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year

Learn about the tremendous impact Dr. Mary Piercey-Lewis, 2021 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year, has had not only on the students at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit, but also on the landscape of music education in Nunavut.


Contact Us

Please reach out to Nick at applications@musicounts.ca with any questions that haven't been answered within the nomination guidelines.

Previous Recipients

Carter Chiasson

2020

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Kim Hastings

2019

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Laura Lee Matthie

2018

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Dianne Winmill

2017

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Don Bosse

2016

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Steve Sainas

2015

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Jeff Kula

2014

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Mark Reid

2013

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Hugh Johnston

2012

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Marian Cheney

2011

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Scott Leonard

2010

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Alex Voros

2009

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Bernard Hebert

2008

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Ann Turner

2007

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Norman McIntosh

2006

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