I had the privilege of growing up in Salisbury and accessing the fantastic musical opportunities available, such as instrumental tuition, SAYM, Wiltshire Youth Orchestra, which led to a music degree at City University, and beginning my career in the Royal Artillery Band. I now specialises in community music, music workshops and teaching Cello and Highland Bagpipes plus beginner Saxophone, beginner Ukulele and beginner recorder.
In my music workshops, I love to work with Early Years and Primary school children and families, extending through to teens and beyond with 1:1 tuition.
I am particularly interested in music and singing for health, wellbeing and community-building, and giving people the opportunity to access music informally. I have lived in Wiltshire since 2016 where I teach cello 1:1, have run intergenerational music projects in Old Sarum, worked with Wiltshire Family Learning and Salisbury City Children’s Centre to deliver a 20-week Early Years music project and run an after-school ukulele club in Wilton. I also run other community music groups in and around south Wiltshire.
I hold a music degree, a performance diploma, a certificate in Music Workshop Skills and Certificate for Music Educators: Early Years this year. I also hold a PTLLS qualification for teaching adults. I am currently studying for a PhD, researching intergenerational music in care homes.
What I / we help young people achieve
I see my work as providing one of the first stepping stones into music-making and linking in with the other opportunities around Salisbury. I tailor my work to the individuals I work with, whether that is taking exams or going onto learn other instruments (for example as a progression route from my own community projects), and measure impact by those terms.
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
- 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 develop their wellbeing
Also Works With
Music for Wellbeing CIC, Boogie Mites
- Term Time
- After School
- School Holidays
- Project based
- Singing / Voice
- 4 and under
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
Musical Clusters Covered
- Salisbury / Wilton
My Training & Development
I recently passed the CME: Early Years
I am constantly updating my skills and training in relation to my community and education work. My most recent skills training was in body percussion through Wiltshire Music Connect.
Attended Music Education Expo Feb 2018 and March 2019.
I am currently studying for a PhD researching intergenerational music-making