I am a multi-instrumentalist based in Bristol UK and currently studying towards my Masters in Music Therapy at UWE.
I studied music performance at The Academy of Contemporary Music (Guildford, UK) specialising in the bass guitar and graduated in 2011 with a 1st class degree.
In 2016 I gained PGCert in Sounds of Intent (specialising in music and SEN/D) through a scholarship programme supported by Soundabout and The University of Roehampton.
I specialise in inclusive music education, providing sessions in schools or out in the community for children and young people with additional needs. I take a more holistic approach to music education starting with the ‘can-do’s’ of each student and putting them at the heart of each session. The aims of my sessions are to provide children and young people opportunities actively engage in music and to interact with others, whilst also aiming to help support their musical skills, well-being, social skills & self confidence. I believe every child has the right to music education and musical opportunities regardless of their abilities, race, gender or background.
I also teach the following instruments on a 1:1 basis or for first access in schools:
- Bass guitar (beginner to advance)
- Guitar (beginners to intermediate)
- Ukulele (beginners to intermediate)
- Vocals (beginners only)
Previous teaching and workshop experience includes work with the following companies, schools & organisations:
- Girls Rock London (http://www.girlsrocklondon.com)
- Clic Sargent (https://www.clicsargent.org.uk/what-we-do/for-teens-and-young-adults/clic-sargents-music-programme/)
- PopRox (https://www.poprox.co.uk/)
- BBC Blast (Apprenticeship, 2011)
As well as teaching, I have been a touring musician (playing bass, guitar and singing backing vocals) for Brit-award winning singer song writer Kate Nash. Since 2011 I’ve toured across North America, South America, Europe and Canada and performed at many prestigious festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Reading & Leeds, Bestival, Rock AM Ring and many more.
I have also worked with Charli XCX (performance on Alan Carrs Chatty Man), James Arthur (Performed with him during the X-Factor 2012 final) and supported Queen & Adam Lambert on their European tour in June 2016 with my previous band Electric Pyramid.
I have also provided career day talks/ presentation for universities and colleges discussing my journey into the world of music, experience of being a session musician and providing an honest insight into the reality of working as a freelance musician.
What I / we help young people achieve
I take pride in creating a fun and personal learning environment for all students.
I believe that my knowledge (through formal education and training) combined with experience as a professional touring musician helps inspire students in many ways.
I can help young people develop musicianship, musical skills and techniques, whilst giving a honest insight into developing a hobby into a potential career.
Musical development and enjoyment are my top priority but not the only. Every session also aims to also support and develop confidence, self awareness and emotional wellbeing.
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
- To learn to sing
- To create / write music and / or lyrics
- To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
- To develop their wellbeing
Also Works With
Soundabout UK – www.soundabout.org.uk
- Term Time
- School Holidays
- Project based
- Drop in
Working with special needs
I am a proud advocate for inclusive music making and I believe everyone has a right to access music education regardless of abilities. I developed an interest in working with children with SEN/D working as a TA in SEN/D schools across London and Bristol. I saw the ways music helped to empower and unlock the children’s potential and also support with communication.
Since gaining a PGCert I have designed and developed diverse music lessons and workshops for children and young people with SEN/D. Participants are always at the heart of the session and the aims are to enable and empower them to engage in music and interact with others. Each session is designed to suit the needs of the pupil/ group and has more of a improvised approach; allowing participants to shape the session and contribute their ideas to the music making. Multi-sensory music techniques are used and can support participants with the most profounds disabilities to become active music makers; there is no sound or movement too big or too small to be a part of the music!
I work closely with Soundabout delivering music workshop online and face to face in the community, in schools and in homes with families, as well as providing training focusing on: developing best practice in approaches to music education, the sounds of intent framework and assessment and how to build and develop your own inclusive choir.
I also direct the Wiltshire, Peterborough, Bristol and Oxford inclusive choirs for Soundabout and also help oversee the running and development of the West Midlands and Leicester choir. The choirs are musical communities without barriers for musicians of all abilities with a focus on giving a voice to people with severe and profound learning disabilities. For more information please head over too: https://www.soundabout.org.uk/soundabout-inclusive-choir/
- Guitar & Bass
- Singing / Voice
- Music Theory
- 4 and under
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
Musical Clusters Covered
- B-on-A / Corsham
- Calne & Melksham
- Trowbridge (CSL)
- Salisbury / Wilton
- Marlborough & Pewsey
As bass player I am Endorsed by Zon Guitars and Darkglass Electronics.
My Training & Development
I am always looking to further my knowledge in the worlds of music, education and psychology through CPD.
Recent training and events attended:
15/03/2021 – Music Dementia & Positive Ageing (Online Event)
10/02/2021 – Trauma Informed Care (NHS)
01/02/2021 – Outcome Measures and MT (Chiltern Music Therapy)
27/01/2021 – Music Education and Technology (WMC)
30/11/ 2020 – Dementia and Loss (Good Grief Festival)
30/11/2020 – Loss and Crisis (Good Grief Festival)
02/11/2020 – Music as a mechanism of change in consciousness (Cambridge Institute of MT)