How long have you been involved with Musical Futures:
14 and a half years – initially as a project manager for the original Paul Hamlyn Pathfinder project (2003-2008), then in many other roles from national co-ordinator to secondary programme manager and now Managing Director.
Running in tandem to my work with Musical Futures has always been my work for ArtForms (the lead organisation for the music hub in Leeds) which has given me a unique opportunity to work with young people across the city using Musical Futures models and in supporting classroom teachers at both primary and secondary level.
What do you do:
Manage the day to day running of the organisation, work with the team to establish our programmes of work and new developments as well as lead on consultancy, training and conference presentations.
Recent presentations include:
- Representing Musical Futures as one of 100 innovative education projects across the world – 2017 Innovation Summit hosted by HundrEd
- Workshop session for 175 delegates at the Music and Drama Education Expo – February 2018
- Association for Popular Music Education “Shaping the Future of Popular Music Education” – Nashville, June 2018
Upcoming engagements involve speaking at the first international seminar “Learning Music Through Play in Out-of-School Context”, taking place from April 13th to April 15, 2019, at the Faculty of Music of Laval University in Québec City, Canada
What is your background:
- Studied music at Chetham’s School of Music and the University of Nottingham before completing a PGCE at Bretton Hall (Uni of Leeds)
- I have worked as both an instrumental teacher teaching cello, but spent the majority of my career teaching music in both primary and high schools before joining ArtForms (the Leeds Pathfinder) to work on the PHF Musical Futures special initiative in 2005.
- As well as Managing Director of Musical Futures I am also Head of Extended Learning Development (part-time) for ArtForms (Leeds Music Education Partnership)
- Project Manager, National Co-ordinator, Secondary Programme Manager, Head of Strategic Partnerships for Musical Futures
- Lead cellist for Harrogate Symphony Orchestra
Five words that sum up Musical Futures:
Engaging, positive, imaginative, reflective, changing
What music are you listening to at the moment:
Queen, Rainbow and loads of other tracks for inspiration for a Just Play playalong!