How long have you been working for Musical Futures
What do you do?
I am currently Head of Music & Music Technology at Wymondham High Academy in Norfolk. As a Musical Futures Teacher Associate, I have led professional development sessions for teachers in a variety of settings. These have included presenting a seminar at the 2014 Music Education Expo at the Barbican as well as leading training days for both the Essex and Norfolk Music Services. A GCSE composition moderator, I was recently involved in the development of the new 2016 OCR GCSE course. At the ‘Music Learning Revolution’ events of 2015 and 2016, I led a workshops for secondary practitioners exploring how delivery of the more demanding 9-1 GCSE specifications might best be achieved through strategies based around engaging practical work.
What is your background?
A former ITG International prize-winning trumpet player, I have performed professionally with many leading ensembles including the BBC Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, I began teaching in inner London in 2008. I subsequently worked as wider opportunities tutor for Wandsworth Schools’ Music Service; developing whole class instrumental programmes across the borough’s primary schools and at the Purcell School for Young Musicians. I am particularly passionate about the role Music Services play in providing progression routes for our young musicians. My music education ‘hero’ Eric Pinkett founded the first ever Local Authority Music Service in Leicestershire in 1948, believing that the opportunity for all children to learn to play an instrument was life changing. For me, Musical Futures very much shares this visionary, inclusive ethos. It promotes high quality, relevent, practical music making opportunities for all young people, both within the classroom and beyond and I am hugely proud to be a part of it.
Five words that sum up Musical Futures
Relevant, Practical, Musical (and most importantly) Life-changing!
What music are you listening to at the moment?
The Four Tops: ‘Second Album’ & The Sixteen: ‘Handel – Coronation Anthems’