Katherine Zeserson


Biography:
Katherine Zeserson is committed to human empowerment through creative practice. As Director of Learning and Participation at Sage Gateshead she has been responsible for the strategic design, direction and implementation of the organisation’s Learning and Participation programme since 2002. This encompasses activity across the 10,000 square miles of Northeast England with people of all ages and aspirations; Bridge North East, one of ten Arts Council England funded programmes connecting young people with arts and culture, and the establishment of Sing Up – funded by UK Department for Education from 2007 – 2012 as the National Singing Programme for primary schools and now launched as an independent company.  She has an international reputation as a trainer, music animateur and educator, having led programmes in a wide range of community, educational and social contexts; from pre-school settings to post-graduate and professional development training programmes. Since 2009 she has been developing a long-term, British Council supported training partnership in Sao Paulo, Brazil with Santa Marcelina Cultura. Publications include Inspiring Music for All – a review of schools based music education in England, commissioned by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (July 2014), and chapters in Debates in Music Education (Routledge 2012), Making Music in the Primary School (Routledge 2011) and A Practical Guide to Teaching Music in the Secondary School (Routledge 2009). She is Chair of the Board of Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company; Chair of Governors at Chillingham Road Primary School, Newcastle;  Chair of Sing Up Ltd., and has just stood down as co-chair of the Education, Learning and Participation group of the European Concert Halls Organisation.  She is a professional singer, working regularly with a cappella ensembles Mouthful and Human Music.  Katherine left age Gateshead in April 2015 to pursue a freelance career combining leadership training, organisational development, music facilitation  and performance.

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