Nominations are now open for the 2021 Kaiārahi Puoro o te Tau | Music Teacher of the Year Tūī, which will be presented to one of Aotearoa’s outstanding music teachers at the 2021 AMA Artisan Awards.

From today, students, peers, family and friends across New Zealand can put forward their local music teacher for the award – someone who provides children & youth with the foundations of a career in music and the everyday skills that come with learning to read, write and play music.

In conjunction with the NZ Music Commission, Recorded Music New Zealand introduced the award in 2018 to highlight music teachers across Aotearoa and the impact they have on our tamariki every day.

This year’s award – which is presented bi-annually – is unique in that it will be in part acknowledging those Kaiārahi Puoro who faced the challenges of distance teaching and disrupted class time due to the Covid crisis.

Schools and communities across the motu can nominate any music teacher or music mentor during NZ Music Month this May via the online nomination form.

Recorded Music NZ will announce the winner of the Music Teacher of the Year Award at the Artisan Awards in early November and also acknowledge the winning teacher at the Aotearoa Music Awards ceremony in November at Spark Arena, Auckland.