Kate Retelsdorf

Finchley Catholic High School, London

Kate Retelsdorf

Finchley Catholic High School, London

What do you do?

I am Subject Lead for Music at Finchley Catholic High School, Director of the Jazz Band and Keyboard Ensemble and accompanist when needed! When I’m not at school I am either tutoring piano, playing contra-alto clarinet with the London Consorts of Winds, or studying for my MA at UCL IOE with focus on Music, Mental Health and Adolescents.

What is your background?

I am a pianist and woodwind specialist from Australia, receiving my Bachelor of Music Education from the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide in 2009. During university, I taught woodwind through the government music programme  – Instrumental Music. I taught classroom music and IT in the country for 5 years before moving to London. I have been at FCHS teaching Music and Computer Science since 2015, and am inspired everyday by the talent, passion and determination of our young musicians.

What are you most looking forward to working with Musical Futures on this programme?

Having seen the impact that Musical Futures has had on engaging our KS3 students and raising the attainment of KS4, I’m so excited to be part of a programme that will develop music technology in schools and hopefully remove some of the anxiety and uncertainties about how to successfully develop music technology skills in both students and teachers.

Five Words that sum up Musical Futures
Inclusive. Engaging. Confidence boosting. Fun!

 What music are you listening to at the moment?

Hamiliton soundtrack, Yann Tiersen, Panic! At the Disco, Post Modern Jukebox, The Cat Empire – but mainly what-ever Spotify is recommending this week!