Mrs Elizabeth Pratt was one of only three Queensland recipients of a 2011 National Award for Excellence in School Music Education.

Mrs Elizabeth Pratt - award-winning music teacher at Cannon Hill Anglican College compressedCannon Hill Anglican College music teacher, Mrs Elizabeth Pratt, was one of only three Queensland recipients of a 2011 National Award for Excellence in School Music Education. The award recognises outstanding contributions to the provision of music education in Australian schools.

In a letter to Mrs Pratt, The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP – Minister for Education, Early Childhood and Youth – said, "School music education plays a valuable role in nourishing children's creativity. I commend you for your outstanding contribution in this field. This award is a richly deserved acknowledgement of the time and energy you have invested in fostering the creativity of Australian students. Thank you for your invaluable commitment to music education."

Mrs Pratt received a $5000 grant to enable further professional learning in the field of music education, which she will use to attend an international conference.

"I was overwhelmed when I received news of the award", Mrs Pratt said. "You do this because it comes from a love of teaching and a passion for what you do. The rewards are the positive everyday comments you receive, and the students' achievements."

Having been teaching for over 20 years, Mrs Pratt finds the integration of technology into the music curriculum one of the most exciting developments in recent times.

"We have embraced and adopted technology to the point that our entire music curriculum is now available online. Students are able to take more control of their own learning, with the support of composing and recording software and the use of Web 2.0 tools. Our students are also privileged to have access to our professional recording studio, on campus.

"It is very rewarding to see the impact that music can have on their personal growth and development. It is well documented that music helps with brain development, evidenced by the impressive number of high achieving students who participate in the CHAC music program."

Mrs Pratt's goal is to continue to enable her music students "to fly and to achieve outstanding results".