Background on Music Teaching
I am a qualified teacher with over four years full time experience in the classroom and specialist music teaching in the primary school. I have held positions such as music subject coordinator for a large four form entry school, making me responsible for tasks such as managing and adapting planning across all years as well as the tracking of progress and assessment within school. I have also given regular support to colleagues in the delivery of music and liaised with 1-1 instrumental teachers from music organisations in and around Southampton, giving advice on the content of lessons and opportunities in which to tie work in with the curriculum. Other music teaching in school has involved the delivery of samba, vocals and music curriculum lessons.
Aside from in-class primary teaching, I have taught guitar, bass and drums privately for over six years to all age ranges and abilities. As a result of this, I have built up a bank of resources, catering for my client’s individual musical tastes and aspirations. This has led to workshop sessions around Hampshire as well as offering online support to people learning the guitar.
Outside of music teaching, I have a proven ability to write about specialist tech equipment and theory. I have written features, reviews and other copy for publications in the UK and abroad that have readerships of over 100,000 a month. Work has included in-depth reviews of big budget guitars, which had been couriered to me to review on a monthly basis explain to readers the pros and cons of models. Music review work has included releases by Thom Yorke, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Bootleg Beatles and Django Reinhardt. Meanwhile, I regularly perform my own original music around venues in the south, including The Joiners (Southampton) and The Garage (London). My personal recordings have been played on BBC6 and Radio One and independent stations across the world including L.A. I have an undeniable love towards gigging and have been regularly performing for over 15 years.
My background in music teaching stemmed from a love of playing guitar and bass since secondary school. I am an ex-BRIT school student and shortly after the period of gaining four A-levels related to the music and performing arts, I undertook a six month+ placement within Sony Music HQ (London) as part of a business qualification. I later went on to study the sociology of music and its impact in modern culture and then secured positions within media houses such as Eagle Rock Media, Dennis Publishing and Oyster House Media. Additional experience also includes working on productions including the 2013 adaptation of Peter Pan at The Berry Theatre for Roynon Dance Swanmore. Further arts projects with this performing arts company have resulted in working for various clients such as Richard Branson.
Overall, I am passionate about music and arts education. I thoroughly enjoy working with various styles of music (rock, pop, blues, punk, hip-hop, funk) and pride myself on catering for students’ needs. In addition, I take great pride in my own musical development, whether this is gaining knowledge in styles of music or music production. I hope to be a part of further projects within the community to generally help promote the learning of music in the South of England.
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