NECOM is proud to announce that our Program Manager (and former Director) Corinne Arter has recently been awarded the ASME Excellence in Music Teaching Award for the state of New South Wales. ASME (Australian Society for Music Education) only selects one outstanding educator in each state annually, and Corinne is the recipient for NSW in 2018.
Corinne is to receive the “Barbara Mettam Shield” in coming weeks, which has (in the past) been awarded to such distinguished music educators as composer Nigel Butterley, Karen Carey (renowned choral conductor who featured in the documentary “Mrs Carey’s Concert”) and former Director of Learning and Engagement at the Sydney Symphony, Kim Waldock, who now works at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Corinne’s dedication to musical excellence in schools spans several decades. Corinne was instrumental in the development of the state Music 2 Syllabus, and continues to develop and implement HSC workshops through NECOM. The choral festival she developed is now recognised as one of Australia’s most outstanding events of its kind, with “New England Sings” having won two national APRA awards in the past decade.
Jenny Robinson, the current President of ASME in NSW, said that “…Corinne has had a long career in music education and has contributed in a significant way in a wide variety of forums”. She added that, despite Corinne being based regionally in Armidale, her reputation is known throughout music education circles right across the state.
The NECOM community congratulates Corinne Arter on being honoured with this prestigious award.