I am currently a part-time lecturer in education at Canterbury Christ Church University and a freelance primary music adviser and author. I started my teaching career in 1977 in primary schools with responsibility for sport and music, then later for computer technology. My recollection of those times was a dearth of support for primary music educators, and consequently I ploughed my own furrow – with creativity a major aspect. I joined the Leicestershire Music Advisory service in in 1989 working as an advisory support teacher. In the 1990s I became a freelance music adviser and later a part-time education adviser for Northamptonshire.
I particularly focus on supporting generalist primary student-teachers, classroom and early years’ practitioners and parents, offering professional development courses and publishing books and materials. Through working with Orff UK it has become clear how much my practice is influenced by the principles and practices of the Orff approach. I enjoy creative music making with children in all its forms, including junk to digital technologies.
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