Cardston music teacher receives provincial award

By Aaron Mahoney (@Mahones93 on Twitter)
November 6, 2017 - 2:11pm

CARDSTON - Linda Burwell, a teacher from Cardston, received the Alberta Music Education Foundation's Recognition Award at Music Conference Alberta that took place in Red Deer on Oct. 27 and 28.

Burwell was honoured at the provincial conference of music educators for exceptional commitment and dedication to young musicians and music education.

"Every town has a Mr. or Mrs. Music," Alberta Music Education Foundation Vice-Chair Robert George when he presented the award. "Linda is the Mrs. Music of Cardston."

Burwell has been involved in teaching music at Cardston Elementary School for over 30 years. Her Cardston Elementary Choir program has received many awards, including national festival placements.

A parent of one of Burwell's students, Beverley Gerard, nominated her for the annual award earlier this year because she believes Burwell is the most amazing person who can turn any group of children into a choir that is amazing.

"She just has a gift with music that she shares with every student," Gerard added.

George agreed that Burwell is a most deserving recipient of the honour.

"It may actually be considered long overdue, she is simply one of the best teachers of young musicians I know."

The Alberta Music Education Foundation awards the honour at Music Conference Alberta every year, and Burwell is the twelfth recipient of the honour.

"Anyone can nominate a truly amazing music educator, and there are many teachers in the province highly deserving of the award," George said.

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