I am a singer, songwriter and musician, playing piano, guitar and cello. I offer music workshops and one to one tuition which helps and supports young musicians to improve their musical skills and to maximise their enjoyment of music.
After gaining QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in August 2004 through the TeachFirst graduate programme, I worked in east London as a secondary school teacher of history with additional responsibility for the PSHE (Personal, Social Health Education) and Citizenship curriculum areas. I have worked on pastoral programmes inside school such as student voice and created innovative learning opportunities for disengaged young people and those at risk of exclusion.
I have worked in informal education settings as a youth worker, mentor, and I have worked with groups of young people in challenging circumstances including youth offenders, homeless families and unaccompanied asylum seekers. I deliver music workshops as a freelance facilitator at Salisbury Arts Centre and I have experience working with young people of a range of ages and experiences of making music.
As a performer, I tour in the UK and Europe and have released five recordings through my record label Azania Ltd and where I work as a sound engineer and producer and I am able to offer lessons in music technology, recording and arrangement.
I also offer CPD workshops to whole schools, music departments, and School Clusters (part of Wiltshire Music Connect) around songwriting, composition and using music to support cross-curricular learning.
What I / we help young people achieve
I firmly believe that every person has the potential to benefit from music across many aspects of their life. Through music I work to develop communication skills, build self-confidence and self-respect as well as group work and interpersonal skills. Listening to and working with others and enjoying the sounds we and other people can create improves our own well being and helps us to connect to and relate to others.
Young musicians working with me have the opportunity to create music for its own sake in the moment and /or as part of a longer creative process so that it can be performed and /or recorded to maximise future development and progression.
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 develop recording /production skills
- To play, perform music with others
- To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
- To develop their wellbeing
- Term Time
- After School
- School Holidays
- Project based
Working with special needs
As a secondary school teacher I have worked in inclusive schools to deliver classroom learning opportunities for a range of abilities from students with PMLD to those described as Gifted and Talented. I facilitate Zone Arts workshops at Salisbury Arts Centre, working with children and young adults with a variety of learning disabilities.
- Guitar & Bass
- Singing / Voice
- Recording & Producing
- Piano / Keyboard
- Curriculum Music (Primary)
- Curriculum Music (Secondary)
Musical Clusters Covered
- Salisbury / Wilton
As a Music Leader:
‘As a senior manager at Salisbury Arts Centre I have become very familiar with Louise’s work and abilities over the last 2 years, having watched her perform on several occasions here at our own venue and outside in other varied settings, and also having employed her as a freelance artist on participatory music projects.
‘Louise brings a huge amount of empathy for people to all of her work. She regularly works for me as part of a team who mentor learning disabled people at our monthly ‘Zone Club’ music and film-making group, and has shown the breadth of her adaptability and the skills of improvisation needed to respond in very diverse musical ways to the free-flow of ideas that emerge from the structure of these inventive sessions. In this she is required to lead and inspire participants, who themselves have a wide range of capabilities, to fully immerse themselves in the creation of new music and songs – which she achieves by capturing attention with her own talents and then responding patiently, and extremely attentively, to the particular interests of the participants. Her ability to play and devise in a wide range of styles has been very evident in this work. I know that Louise believes very passionately in the power of music to reach out into people’s hearts and lives.’
Simon Morris, Salisbury Arts Centre
‘During August 2015, Louise Jordan worked with a small group of Young Carers between the ages of 8-18 on a three week song writing project, of which I attended.
‘I found Louise to be an extremely skilled educator and communicator who worked patiently, passionately and effectively with this group of young people who often feel stressed, lonely and isolated. She instantly created a safe, expressive and relaxed environment through her general persona and energy. Not only this, but she expertly assisted the group in successfully writing and creating their own songs which they were all extremely proud of and exhibited with confidence.
‘I would not hesitate to work with Louise again, and I recommend her to anyone who is interested in the workshops.’
Amie Simons, Support Worker for Eastleigh Young Carers
As a performer:
‘A rising star’ The Telegraph
‘Absolutely, totally and completely brilliant’ Mike Harding, BBC
‘Haunting and unforgettable’ The Sunday Express
‘A masterclass in songwriting’ R2 Magazine
My Training & Development
Safeguarding in Context with Alex Miles, June 2018 (Wiltshire Music Connect)
Music & Mindfulness with Matthew Hemson, October 2017 (Wiltshire Music Connect)
Autism Awareness, Level 3 City & Guilds: ‘Understanding how to support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions’ 2016 (Wiltshire Council)
SEN/D Conference, 10 March 2016 (Evolve partnership – Aspex Gallery, New Theatre Royal & Portsmouth Guildhall)
Music Inclusion Training & Mentoring with Mark Bick (Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucester partnership), 2015 (Salisbury Arts Centre)