My Experience in Primary Music Education

Following a successful career as a primary music specialist in Inner London, Barnet, Cornwall, Harrow and Lincolnshire schools, I became an Advanced Skills Teacher, a post which allowed me to follow my particular passion within music education, the support of the generalist teacher. 

During a career break in the nineties, I founded 'Music Makers', which offered informal music sessions for parents, carers and their children.

In 1998 I was invited to be the music consultant for the BBC radio programme 'Music Box', writing scripts and songs for practitioners working with Early Years.

I regularly deliver seminars at the Education Show, offering practical sessions to the visiting delegates.

As an active member of NAME (National Association of Music Educators), I serve on the Representative Council as co-chair of the Early Years and Primary Focus Group.  This post allows me great opportunities to network with colleagues and support this professional association in its commitment to music education.

From 1998-2004 I worked in partnership with the Music Department of Bishop Grosseteste College on opera projects with students and pupils from my school.  In 2004 I was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the College (now Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln).

From 2006-2007, I was seconded for the part-time post of Primary Music Consultant for Lincolnshire and co-wrote the county's music strategy.

In 2007 I was invited to work for the national singing programme 'Sing Up', leading training all over the UK, including courses such as: 'Singing for the Scared', 'Singing at the Heart of the Curriculum', 'Singing through Primary Topics' and 'Playground Songs and Games'. I contribute articles to the 'Sing Up' magazine and write teachers' notes and lesson plans for the 'Sing Up' Song Bank.

Since 2007 I have lectured at the University of Northampton delivering BA QTS and PGCE music modules. I also deliver music to PGCE students at the University of Leicester.