I am a Primary trained Music specialist teacher, with 20 years experience delivering music to Primary mainstream pupils and Primary and Secondary SEN pupils Ã¢â‚¬â€œ including ASD units, Home tutored and Excluded Pupil Units. I have built a considerable fund of expertise and resources in this time, achieving Local Authority recognition as an innovative and valued practitioner. Music was declared a strength in Ofsted inspections at both my schools.
I have always been aware of the power of music as social glue and confidence booster, particularly with children with Special Needs. Indeed it was a break through with just such a child whilst training that led me to change my specialist subject, from English to Music. The enormous value of this aspect of music has been confirmed for me, repeatedly, in my years of teaching. In consequence, I decided at the start of 2011 to leave formal teaching, and focus more on Music Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and singing in particular Ã¢â‚¬â€œ as a remedial and therapeutic intervention tool. I have already been working for some years as freelance music specialist in Residential Homes, using song and music making as social and psychological stimulant. I have practical experience of the power of music in building neuronal pathways in dementia sufferers, and am a qualified leader with the AlzheimerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Society Ã¢â‚¬Å“Singing for the BrainÃ¢â‚¬Â initiative.
However, it is with children and young adults I am most keen to develop my career: both directly and with other practitioners to promote Music and singing as therapeutic intervention, as essential learning tool and as cross curricular facilitator. I firmly believe that music is a most basic form of communication and latent within everybody. Poor or spasmodic music delivery deprives children not only of their curriculum entitlement, but also of the many empowering social and academic skills taught through music.
I have personal and professional experience of the physiological and psychological benefits of singing. And throughout my career I have witnessed the extraordinary power of music and singing to challenge, extend and enrich all who participate, greasing the wheels of education, learning and social enterprise.
By encouraging cooperation, social interaction, inclusivity and disciplined active listening, Music is an essential part of any educational pedagogy. But above all that Ã¢â‚¬â€œ itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good FUN! My goal is to continue to convince others of this in my future career.
Singing!! And Music! And the fact that EVERYBODY can sing - and would be better for it if they did. Singing makes you happy. That's a neurological fact. If world leaders sang more...think about it !!
The importance of creativity in education - and not just as subject matter/ specialism. See ANYTHING said or written by Sir Ken Robinson. But extend this to life-long development. Life enrichment; building self worth; enjoyment (in and out of work life); physical, social and psychological benefits. A vital ingredient for getting the most out of life and having the confidence to move on when you are not...
Singing - all sorts. Music. The Arts generally. Fascinated by developments in neurological research, though a lot of it is beyond my understanding! Anything really - I find life interesting (honest!)
Motivating others and building their self esteem. Debating and promoting ideas especially in writing. Creative marketing. The odd-jobbing end of the DIY spectrum!
Discovered TED through Ken Robinson RSA Animate of Changing Educational Paradigms. Got myself on mailing list for new talks, and haven't looked back. I really enjoy the variety of subjects, and the phenomenal quality of the speakers. It pleases me that so many people talking so much sense are actually appearing on one platform. It gives me hope in a world of arrogant and uninformed politicians who don't listen and think ahead only to the next soundbite. Life is not simple black and white or solved with slogans. You need passion, debate and in-depth knowledge. TED ticks these boxes. Long live TED!!
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