Does anyone remember the Music Teacher Cooler at Qualters in the 70s? I thought he was great. I don’t remember what he did for the majority of class but with 10 minutes left in class, he’d give us the chance to pick out rock/pop/folk songs we could sing – current music. He’d type out the words and we’d all sing to them. I learned a lot about good current music from that time. My favorite was singing “Traveling Band” by CCR – we’d always scream in gusto spurred on by the teacher when it came up in the songs. I can’t remember his name or even how long he taught at QMS but he certainly influenced my life and a life long love of music.
This nearly brought me to tears. Mr. Maunu and his program genuinely changed my life, and I don’t know who or where I would be without having had the privilege of being involved in the music program at Arvada West. He is dedicated to his students and truly believes in the power of vocal music, both of which make him an amazing Music Teacher Cooler and mentor. “We have always realized that you were the best at your job, but now the rest of the world is starting to see that too.”
This news item on the ABC this morning has MADE MY DAY!! ‘The nominees for the first-ever ARIA Music Teacher Cooler Of The Year Award, sponsored by Telstra and supported by The Song Room, were announced today. This award recognises music teachers for their passion and hard work in educating Australian children to play and love music.’ At last expert music teachers are being recognised for their dedication and their incredible impact on students. But even more importantly, the cross-curriculum benefits of a good music education for EVERY student are being celebrated and acknowledged! YES! YES! YES!
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This is exciting! My high school Music Teacher Cooler Curtis Gaesser is a finalist for this award. I think it’s safe to say he has impacted many young people including myself in music. Though I wasn’t the best player in the orchestra [didnt practice as much as I should have but he did push me to understand music in a way I can’t describe. This is pretty amazing honor for him, I know he is deserving of it.