Music Education Expo - 25 & 26 February 2016

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Advisory Board

As part of our commitment to delivering high quality CPD to the music education sector, an advisory board will inform the programme content of our 2017 event. Comprised of practising music and drama teachers, the board will help steer our content selections, ensuring our programme is as relevant, engaging and as wide-reaching as possible.

Emma Beaton


Emma Beaton is a pianist, guitarist, singer, teacher and mum and has been involved in music education for 18 years. She has worked in a range of school settings, including specialist music schools, comprehensives and primaries and was the director of music at a large multi-cultural high school in North London for many years before taking a break to have a family. During this break, Emma set up her own music classes for pre-school aged children.

She has now returned to formal teaching and currently teaches across all key stages (EYFS through to KS5) and has been involved in delivering INSET to music NQTs. Emma is particularly interested in the impact of technology and BYOD on the music classroom.

Dr Rebecca Berkley


Dr Rebecca Berkley is a lecturer in music education at the Institute of Education, University of Reading. She leads the Music specialism on the BA (QTS) in Primary Education, which is a unique course for students wishing to train as a primary music subject leader; and the Music Education pathway on the MA in Education at Reading.

She is a choral conductor, and has worked as a choral animateur and music director for Berkshire Maestros, Sing Up, Kennet Opera and Slough Philharmonic Society. Rebecca is a tutor for Sing for Pleasure, and is developing resources for teaching sight reading to adult amateur singers.

Wayne Chappell


Wayne Chappell is a freelance guitarist and teacher based in the south of England. He currently teaches students at all key stages but has also worked in adult education.

Wayne has overseen or contributed to a number of community outreach projects and been employed to both deliver and consult on musical inclusion.

As a performer, Wayne’s interests range from contemporary classical music to musical theatre. He is regularly engaged in pit bands along the south coast and can often be seen performing in big bands, world music groups and chamber ensembles.

Don Gilthorpe


Currently Director of Music and Performing Arts at Ripley St Thomas CE Academy, Lancaster, Don Gillthorpe leads a thriving department which boasts seven choirs, including a robed Chapel Choir.  Don is also in demand as a choral animateur, leading workshops nationwide with singers of all ages.

He founded and directs the highly-successful Vox Boys’ Choir, is Director of Church Music for the Morland Choristers’ Camp, and a senior choral conducting tutor for Sing for Pleasure. Don is active as a singing teacher, specialising in boys' changing voices, and is also a Specialist Leader in Education, supporting other Music departments.

Andrew Lindley


Andrew Lindley has been a passionate music educator for nearly 30 years. He started his career as a peripatetic strings teacher, before spending 25 years as generalist teacher in a mainstream LEA primary setting, developing a curriculum-time full orchestra which welcomed new learners immediately and involved children in repertoire choice and conducting. Andrew also learned, practised and played a new instrument alongside children.

For the last two years, Andrew has developed and delivered curriculum music teaching to both staff and students with Special Needs across the 2-19 age range; the ensembles offered include a choir, KS3 p-bone and p-trumpet and rock group. Andrew also delivers KS4 music qualifications and Arts Award.

An active performer, Andrew undertook an MA in Music Education in 2008.

John Padley


John Padley has been Director of Music at Queen Anne’s since September 2009. He previously led departments at Notting Hill & Ealing High School and Woldingham School and was for many years on the music staff of Sherborne School and Organist and Choirmaster of Sherborne Abbey.

He has experience as an Team Leader for OCR A Level Performance and has been an examiner for AQA and Edexcel.

Outside the classroom, John performs regularly as a conductor and organist and currently directs the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, Oxford. John is currently President of the MMA and is actively involved in working with ISM and Music Mark to support music education in our schools.

Caitlin Sherring


Caitlin Sherring has been Head of Music at Woodcroft Primary School (winner of the 2015 award for 'Best School Music Department and shortlisted finalist at the 2015 Education Business Awards, Music category) for 5 years.

Caitlin was educated in Australia, completing a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Graduate Certificate of Music (Performance) at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. She was recently elected as a member of the MMA Music Teachers' Committee and works as an Education Consultant for the Royal Opera House, London. 

Caitlin regularly contributes to Music Teacher Magazine, was a member of the 2016 Music Education Expo Advisory Committee and a judge for the 2016 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence. Caitlin plays a key role in the development and management of Woodcroft's innovative Arts curriculum in addition to her music coordination duties.

Dr Jodie Underhill


Dr Jodie Underhill is currently Co-Head of Performing Arts and PE at Pittville School in Cheltenham, where she teaches both music and drama. She has taught in state and independent schools, weekend performing arts schools and run her own private teaching business in addition to having been an examiner for both GCSE and A Level drama.

Jodie holds a PhD in psychology from Keele University, where her research focussed on musical culture within different school settings. She is passionate about the role the arts play in the lives of young people

Simone Willis


Simone Willis currently teaches violin and flute for South Gloucestershire Music Hub, as well as several schools across Wales and the South West. Her roles include teaching individual and group lessons, directing a flute group, and coaching string players in the South Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra.

Simone studied violin at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and was awarded a BMus (Hons) in 2014. She currently freelances with several orchestras across Wales and the South West.

Simone is particularly interested in musicians’ health and well-being, and developing strategies that will enable musicians to realise their full potential.


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