Beverley Harrison

Holy Cross School, Lancashire

How long have you been working with Musical Futures?
I’ve been working working with Musical Futures since the “Find Your Voice” pilot.  I had been doing informal learning for some time with Year 9, but the vocal project had a massive impact on me and transformed my teaching. Musical Futures is now at the centre of my whole curriculum in school.

What do you do?
I’m Head of Music at Holy Cross Catholic High School in Lancashire. I’m also Lead Teacher of music for Lancashire which involves going into other schools to offer support and to lead INSET.  Before that I was a music AST working for the county.

What is your background?
I did a music degree at Manchester University and then a postgraduate at the Royal Northern College of Music on the violin. In my head I was always go to do something performance related, but I fell into teaching quite accidentally when I was offered some supply teaching straight out of college. I realised that this was what I was supposed to be doing with my life. I did a PGCE with the OU while I was working in that school and the rest is history.

Five words that sum up Musical Futures:
Exciting, rewarding, musical, innovative and student-led.

What music are you listening to at the moment?
Mainly Peter and the Wolf and Carnival of the Animals as I’m on a mission to educate my 7-year-old with something classical (and detract from Taylor Swift and Frozen on repeat). I also listen to a lot of radio because I need to be aware of the music that my pupils are listening to so that I can be one step ahead of them when we are involved in informal learning sessions.