Location: Anywhere around the Bradford on Avon and Bath area and further afield for one off projects, workshops or conferences
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Associate CPD
Provides:
Singing / Voice
Curriculum Music (Primary)
Musical Director / Conductor
Composition
For:
Beginners
Intermediate
Advanced
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Kate Courage, BA (QTS), LRSM, ALCM, MA

About

I have been a teacher in all sorts of places from early years settings, primary schools, secondary schools, teacher training settings, plus running workshops, singing projects, conducting choirs and conference speaking.
WHAT I CAN OFFER:
CPD bespoke training in any aspect of primary music to suit your staff, INSET days, twilight/staff meetings on composing, using classroom percussion, singing safely, starting a school choir, developing music throughout your school, instrument audits!

Whole school or Key Stage singing sessions as a one-off or on a regular basis, working towards a performance, just for fun, developing staff confidence

Staff support: team teaching, lesson planning, lesson models, developing a music curriculum to suit your school and staff abilities

School choirs: establishing, supporting or running them

Song writing workshops, a school song, a song for your choir, a unique piece for your special event or occasion

Singing and music for parents; developing the musicality of your children, babies and pre-schoolers

Singing playgrounds; games to encourage pupil leadership, supported by MDSs, teachers and TAs

Conference speaking, workshops, presentations designed specifically for your training event

FORMAL QUALIFICATIONS:
LRSM – Choral Conducting – Licentiate of the Royal School of Music
ALCM London College of Music – Piano performance
MA Creative Writing, Bath Spa University
BA(QTS) Hons Music and English Literature University of Warwick
Grade 8 Singing
Grade 8 Piano
Grade 8 Flute
Grade 8 Practical Musicianship
Grade 8 Theory of Music


What I / we help young people achieve

I believe in the holistic power of music and its ability to create and enhance a community, a sense of togetherness, lift the spirits, find out more about ourselves, discover hidden talents and interests.
Music can help in all areas of life and I am always mindful regarding the impact it can have on individuals and groups.


Opportunities for children & young people

  • 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
  • To develop their wellbeing

Also Works With

West Wiltshire Young Musicians


Times

  • Term Time
  • After School
  • School Holidays
  • Project based

Working with special needs

I worked for three years at Wiltshire College, with students with moderate and severe learning difficulties. I have always managed, and differentiated for, my students, whatever their ability, in every group I have taught.

I have also always promoted inclusive learning in all my schools and choirs, and I have several members of my choirs with SLD who just as much part of the group as any other member.


Taught Instruments

  • Singing / Voice
  • Curriculum Music (Primary)
  • Musical Director / Conductor
  • Composition

Ages Taught

  • 4 and under
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16+

Level Taught

  • Beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught

  • Instrument grades

Musical Clusters Covered

  • Chippenham
  • B-on-A / Corsham
  • Calne & Melksham
  • Trowbridge (CSL)

Endorsements

AS A MUSIC LEADER:
‘Every town should have a Kate Courage’ Howard Goodall, MBE, composer

AS A CONDUCTOR:
‘Congratulations to everyone who contributed to our day in the limelight at the Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. Words that I have been hearing include;
“I was hugely impressed by all the amazing talent displayed”
“They were outstanding”
“Glorious”
“One of the best evenings I’ve had in a long time”
“The best massed item”
I couldn’t agree more with these sentiments. The singing was absolutely superb and the way that the children coped with a long day of travel and rehearsal and then presented themselves in the very best light on stage for 4 hours was truly remarkable.
I am sure you will also join me in congratulating Kate Courage who has been inspirational throughout this project and nowhere more so than on stage at the Royal Albert Hall.’ Head of Wiltshire Music Service

AS A CONFERENCE SPEAKER:
‘Thanks Kate for another great workshop at the Conference on Friday and for the opportunity to attend the day. The choir goes from strength to strength My Head has seen the benefits to the children and is very supportive. Thank you for being so inspirational.’ Music Coordinator, Chippenham Primary School

AS A MENTOR:
‘I cannot begin to tell you how helpful your feedback was – food for thought and lots for me to think about and really helpful for planning for next year!’ Music teacher, Freshford Primary School

AS A TEACHER:
‘Thank you so much for last week. The kids loved the songs and loved you too!’ Music coordinator, Staverton Primary

AS A PROJECT LEADER:
‘Thank you very much for the whole experience; the children and the staff have enjoyed every minute of the journey from the excitement of rehearsing the songs, the build up to the rehearsal in Salisbury and the anticipation and excitement on the day.Kate’s song was absolutely perfect for the occasion. It’s been a tremendous experience for everyone involved and our singing is even better as a result! We have lots of very happy children, staff and parents. Thank you and best wishes’ Headteacher, Primary School, Wiltshire


Previously Worked With

Wiltshire Music Service, Bristol Arts and Music Service, Wiltshire College, Bath Spa University, Mensdip Male Voice Choir, Wiltshire Young Musicians, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Michael Eavis, Howard Goodall, Peter Stark, Sing Up, South West Music Services