Who's London's best music teacher? You told us about so many
We can't award a Juno but we have created a special CBC London 'Youknow' Award for Best Music teacher
When we asked you on London Morning who is most deserving of an award for best music teacher, you chimed in loudly.
We got hundreds of emails from across the London region. Young people picked up the phone! Parents, teachers and adults rediscovering music all weighed in. Did we mention the video messages?
His passion for the musical arts is more 'catchy' then a number 1 hit!- Melanie Lavery
Mrs. Stern is more than a music teacher, she is my daughters inspiration.- Jennifer Mollet
We could write a book on why Mrs. Kennedy should get this recognition, but I have to get back to work!- John Dreliozis
This woman is not only the greatest teacher I've ever had but became an amazing, lifelong friend.- Grace Chretien
And the 'YouKnow" winner goes to ...
While we think everyone deserves a trophy (and picking one person was too hard), we narrowed it down to two winners of the first-ever YouKnow award!
Mr. Gordon, 'YouKnow' Award Winner 2019
Mr. Tim Gordon had by far the most entires from students at Central Elgin Collegiate Institute in St. Thomas. The stack of emails was thick and the calls kept coming, even after the deadline closed. We were impressed that students from all grades took the time to write and call to support this teacher.
How do his students describe him? They say he's given them "so many" musical opportunities. The school production of Little Shop of Horrors was a clear favourite. One student called him the most supportive person, second only to mum and dad, in his entire high school career. Play a wrong note in class? No problem! "He will laugh it off and help solve the problem," wrote a student.
But what we heard over and over again about Mr. Gordon was echoed in this statement: "I don't know where I would be today without a music teacher, mentor and friend like Mr. Gordon."
Mrs. Pincombe, 'YouKnow' Award Winner 2019
Mrs. Karen Pincombe got a big slice of the vote from parents, students and fellow teachers at Mountsfield Public School in London. Wow! They wrote essays and made lists in support of this longtime music teacher.
What stood out to us was Mrs. Pincombe's extra curricular work teaching free music lessons to young people through the non-profit Arts 4 All Kids. It spoke to her dedication that even in her free time, she's coaching future musicians. She would know too! As a former member of Orchestra London, her students have top-notch instruction!
How do students describe her? A group of grade 4 students made a list!
- She is patient
- She is passionate about her work
- She teaches us recorders even though she doesn't enjoy it much
- She helps us learn new notes
- She is amazing and teaches us fun ways to learn music
- She does funny voices to help us learn
- She teaches us how to 'singer sit'
- She is beautiful at piano
- She is glorious
- She has a very strong singing voice
- She dresses nicely (has cool earrings!)