ARIA Award winner Josh Pyke last night announced the winner of the inaugural ARIA Music Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by Telstra.

Renee McCarthy from Woodcroft College in South Australia was the proud recipient of this award. This new category has been introduced to recognise music teachers from across the country who use their talents to inspire the next generation of Aussie musicians.

At Telstra, we believe music is integral to connecting people in the digital world. Research shows that children who are involved in music at school are more likely to achieve better grades, attend school more often, improve their self-esteem and confidence and experience less depression and loneliness. This speaks to our commitment to empower young Australians to thrive in a connected world and we’re very proud to be recognising Renee as a standout music teacher who is inspiring the next generation of Aussie musicians.

One of Renee’s students is quoted in her nomination video saying, “I don’t think that the music program would be as successful, and everyone would be as inspired as what they are without her, because we see her hard work and we think ‘wow’ – we just have to live our best!”

It’s easy to see the passion that Renee has for music, and passes onto her students. In Josh Pyke’s words, Renee’s energy is completely contagious.

Congratulations Renee, we can’t wait to see you go on and inspire many more generations to come to thrive, through the magic of music and the connection it creates.

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Telstra is proud to be the Official Technology Partner for the 2017 ARIAs, with Apple Music, and the inaugural sponsor of the ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award.