2017 Victorian State Government
Award in recognition of 40 years of outstanding service to the Department of Education.
Presented by the Honourable James Merlino MP, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education.
2017 Distinguished Teacher Award: Victorian Music Teachers Association
This award to Dr Anne Lierse in recognition of outstanding contribution to the music teaching profession, a teacher who has inspired and guided instrumental students to achieve their very best, whilst instilling in them a lifelong love of music. Dr Lierse has championed the rights of all students to be given a music education from the earliest age through Primary and Secondary schooling. This annual award is not given lightly, the recipient always being a teacher who goes above and beyond in the pursuit of providing students with every opportunity to become the best musician they can be. Dr Lierse has done this consistently for many years, inspiring her students to become performers and teachers themselves. This means that her influence in music education will carry on for many years to come.
2016 Life Membership of the Victorian Music Teachers Association
2015 Life Membership of the Association of Music Educators
2014 Fellowship of the Australian Society for Music Education
Awarded in recognition of outstanding and distinctive contributions to the advancement of music education: for outstanding and sustained contribution as a leader in school music education and advocacy in Victorian and the Australian context: as a music education researcher; as a studio teacher; as a school educator; and as an active contributor over many years to numerous professional associations and musical organisations.
2011 Service Medal: Melbourne High School
2009 National Flame Award/ Music Australia – Winner Melbourne High School
Dr Anne Lierse, Director of Music; Curtis Bayliss, Director of Choral Music.
The Flame Awards reward and recognise Australia’s inspiring school music programs. The Awards are run by ABC Classic FM and ‘Music. Play for Life’, the Music Council of Australia’s national campaign to encourage more music making in schools and communities.
The National Prize Winner, judged to have entered the best, most creative description of inspirational music teaching, receives prizes to the value of $6,000 in addition to a concert recital broadcast on ABC Classic FM.
Judges’ remarks: “Here is a selective State secondary school where all 1358 students – boys – sing. The school shows that communal singing can be at the heart of important rituals and ceremonies for young men – all the more potent in that this is a secular school. Melbourne High deserves reward and recognition for the ways in which it provides such a rich and varied program to engage and stimulate its students. We were impressed by so many things at this school, including the student-run ensembles which help develop students’ sense of responsibility, the broad range of musical styles on offer, from Barbershop to pop, and the fact that singing is such an integral part of school culture. Over many decades, Melbourne High has made a decision to harness the power of music and let it infuse the lives of these young men, for their lifelong benefit.”