I am a qualified classroom and piano teacher with an Honours degree in Music and a PGCE with music specialism. I have 30 years teaching experience, working as a primary school classroom teacher and music co-ordinator until 2001, then joining Wiltshire Music Service as a curriculum support and instrumental teacher.
I offer a range of whole class teaching options including curriculum teaching throughout the primary age range, the Start the Music! Programme for Early Years/Key Stage 1, First Access (recorders) and class or whole school singing. I am equally happy working alongside the class teacher to provide ongoing CPD, or providing high quality PPA cover. I can enrich extra-curricular provision by running after-school activities such as choirs or music clubs. I have led Wiltshire CPD sessions and can provide music CPD for teachers within a school or cluster.
I am an experienced piano and keyboard teacher, having passed Grade 8 piano with Distinction. I give tuition in piano and electronic keyboard to individuals or small groups, including entry to Associated Board and Trinity exams in which my students have a 100% pass rate, with the majority achieving Distinction.
I believe children are most likely to achieve their potential when activities are challenging and enjoyable, and learning takes place in a positive and supportive atmosphere. My class, group and individual lessons are carefully planned and sequenced with pupils’ educational development in mind, enabling them to explore and enjoy a variety of musical experience and progress as musicians. I keep children engaged by lessons that are well-paced and practical, including a range of activities to sustain interest and meet the needs of children with different abilities and learning styles.
My curriculum music lessons cover the full requirement of performing, composing, listening and appraising, and are delivered as a series of termly Units which ensure both breadth and progression. My planning is presented to the Head or music curriculum leader at the beginning of each term and includes learning intentions, assessment opportunities and strategies for differentiation.
I am very happy to meet the specific needs of individual schools, for example by adapting my planning to support whole school or class topics. I actively promote crossover with other areas of music in the school, encouraging children to perform and compose using instruments they are learning in or out of school or in First Access.
What I / we help young people achieve
As a piano and keyboard teacher I have worked with children from Year 2 to Year 10. I am happy to prepare pupils for exams, and most of my pupils who have chosen this route have achieved Distinction. However my primary aim is for young people to experience the enthusiasm for music that will motivate them to achieve their full potential following the pathway that suits them best.
During my time as a class teacher and music co-ordinator I wrote policies and schemes of work ensuring that children throughout my schools experienced a music curriculum that was enjoyable, varied and inspirational. Lesson observations of my class teaching and instrumental tuition described my subject knowledge and planning as ‘excellent, with lessons forming a clear, progressive sequence’. They identified that children ‘are on task, listening and participating throughout the lesson’, while ‘positive responses to children’s contribution create a good safe atmosphere’. My four most recent observations (2012 – 15) graded me as Excellent in all four areas of Learning, Pupil Progress, Pupil Response and Teaching.
Music is not just an academic subject; it offers children a way to communicate and participate through performance and creativity, and I aim that the children I teach should experience the joy and satisfaction that music can bring. While working for Wiltshire Music Service I devised and led a series of multicultural creative music workshops in over forty Wiltshire schools. Feedback from teachers and pupils was very positive, for example from Longmeadow School: 'Mrs Lee was well prepared, activities were well paced and differentiated. All pupils were involved in learning, whether listening, composing or more kinaesthetic activities'.
Most of my curriculum units of work have a performance or composing focus, ending with an opportunity for pupils to share their music-making with another class, the school and/or parents. Examples include songshares, where each class prepares a group of songs to perform and share with the rest of the school, recitals by piano and keyboard pupils, and class or group compositions which are recorded to provide a permanent record of children’s achievement. I encourage children to use instruments they are learning in and outside of school when performing and composing, and create class arrangements of simple songs in which each child plays an instrument at their own level.
I am strongly committed to the importance of excellent musical provision for children in the Early Years. I have benefited from training from the Da Capo foundation which forms the basis of the Start the Music! programme. This programme has been well received wherever I have delivered it, with schools reporting improved social cohesion of groups of children and significantly enhanced learning skills and focus within the whole class.
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 play, perform music with others
- To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
- To work with and support other young musicians
- Term Time
- After School
Working with special needs
My experience in all areas of musical learning has revealed to me the power of music to engage challenged or reluctant learners, and to boost confidence and self-esteem, particularly where lessons are well-paced, practical and include plenty of opportunities for kinaesthetic learning. A positive and flexible approach has helped me to enable children with a range of special needs including ADHD and autistic spectrum disorders to develop musically, become focused and involved and to use musical performance and creativity as a way of expressing their feelings and engaging with others. For example, at Studley Green School one of my classes includes a group of pupils from the Social Communication Resource Base, including children on the autistic spectrum and with speech and hearing impairments. With additional support from specialist staff school these children have become progressively more engaged in the lessons, joining in with enthusiasm and interacting with others in songs, movement and instrumental performance.
- Piano / Keyboard
- Curriculum Music (Primary)
- 4 and under
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
Musical Clusters Covered
- B-on-A / Corsham
- Trowbridge (CSL)
1. Sue Tudge, Headteacher Hullavington CE primary School:
‘Jane has taught music to all Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils at Hullavington CE Primary School for a number of years. Her teaching is always creative and engaging. During an Ofsted inspection in November 2012 Jane was observed and the inspector highly praised the teaching and learning going on. Jane is always enthusiastic and demonstrates a great love and knowledge of music. She plans lessons to cater for all learning styles. Her lessons are well organised and fun with pupils and staff becoming immersed in learning. Jane provides great CPD for staff too with staff learning through participating in music lessons and working alongside Jane and learning from her expertise.’
2. Marion Harvey, Headteacher Rushall CEVA Primary School:
‘Jane has been teaching whole class music sessions across all Primary age groups within our school for more than 10 years. She is organised, has a sound understanding of the needs of pupils and the requirements of the curriculum. Children respond well to her teaching. Planning is of a good standard and delivered to staff punctually. Children make good progress and enjoy using voice and percussion to compose and perform.
Jane has supported the school through several projects requested by teachers including recording a CD, preparing pupils for open evening performances and whole school concerts.
Jane is happy to go the extra mile to ensure all children develop a love of music and as a result our children are confident musicians who are often heard humming songs they have learned within Jane’s lessons as they go about their day.’
3. Kate Courage, Assistant Head, Wiltshire Music Service (vocal and curriculum)
‘Jane is a first class teacher. All her lessons are meticulously planned and thoughtful, and reflect the abilities of the pupils. She is incredibly conscientious and every lesson observation in the last four years has been deemed ‘outstanding’. She listens to the children, really thinks about challenging questions and checks their understanding throughout the lesson to ensure everyone is on board. I would have no hesitation in recommending her.’
4. Frances Wood (parent of pupil)
‘Jane Lee has been teaching our young son the piano or over two years and we couldn’t be more thrilled with his progress. She is obviously an inspirational teacher who achieves great things from her young students. She is a generous and friendly teacher who goes out of her way to ensure our son achieves his full potential. He is thoroughly enjoying learning to play – the key to this and his development is his teacher. Thank you Jane.’
My Training & Development
- training provided by Wiltshire Music Hub, including annual Piano and Keyboard conference (12/5/17)*, Associate Networking Conference (17/11/17)*, Primary Schools Music Conference (23/3/18)*, Future facing and Inclusive Music Conference (15/5/18), Piano and keyboard Conference (16/5/18)
- ‘Meet the Exam Board’ – presentation by ABRSM and Trinity examiners (4/1/18)
- Music and Drama Expo, London Olympia (22/2/18)
- Paul Harris ‘Simultaneous Learning’ webinar (18/1/18)
- Subscription to ‘The Curious Piano Teachers’ including monthly training videos, webinars and online forum
- Subscription to ‘Vibrant Music Teaching’ including training videos, webinars and extensive resources bank