Alison Warren is a drama teacher with 30 years experience in secondary drama teaching and is still going strong. "My favourite actors are the ones I work with".
Andy Gleadhill is internationally acknowledged as a leading authority on teaching World Music. An Associate Lecturer at Bath Spa University and has also been the Head of a Local Authority Music Service and a Music Education Hub. He travels the globe delivering World Music Workshops and Teacher Development Training. www.andygleadhill.co.uk
Beat Goes On deliver STOMP-style Body Percussion, Samba Drumming and a range of other percussion workshops, CPD sessions and content for conferences throughout the UK and internationally. They are a team of highly experienced musicians and educators, with CVs that include the international hit show STOMP and the Rio de Janeiro carnival. For all enquiries, taster videos and free resources please visit www.beatgoeson.co.uk
Catherine Nash has taught Drama for twenty years and is currently Head of Department at Kingswood School in Bath. She is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and is a moderator/examiner for GCSE. Alison Warren is subject leader for Drama at Clarendon Academy in Trowbridge, a state secondary school. She is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching; is a BTEC SV and writes for Drama & Theatre. Catherine and Alison create Drama resources under the guise of 'No Nonsense Drama' and are two of the five co-founders of a new non profit organisation – Open Drama – which supports drama practitioners in both the educational and industry sectors.
David has a background in drama, dance and languages. He has taught drama in England and France at primary, secondary and further education level. David has performed and directed in England, France and Italy. This experience has allowed him to work with individuals who have different levels of performance experience.
Dr Jim Frankel is the Head of Digital Education for the Music Sales Group, and Director of MusicFirst. Previously, he was the Managing Director of SoundTree, the Educational Division of Korg USA, and before that he was the instrumental and general music teacher at the Franklin Avenue Middle School in Franklin Lakes, NJ for 11 of his nearly 15 years in the New Jersey Public Schools. He completed his Masters Degree and Doctor of Education degrees in Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia in 2002. He has been teaching courses on music technology at TC since 1999. Dr Frankel is a widely published author in various state, national and international journals of music education. In addition to his writing, Dr Frankel is a highly sought-after clinician in the local, national and international music education communities. He is on the Board of Directors for TI:ME and is the past president of ATMI.
Emma Hawksley has over 20 years experience teaching music in primary, secondary and higher education settings. She has recently completed a PhD with the Applied Music Research Centre at the University of Roehampton investigating the development of children’s musical creativity in relation to whether or not they learn an instrument. Having studied contemporary composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Emma is a fan of improvisatory and aural learning methods for instrumental teaching and currently works as Head of the Piano Department for Cherry Pie Music School in South London. She is also the founder of Thinking in Sound Music Tuition, which provides instrumental lessons for children throughout her local area.
Faye Oakland is the Team Leader for First Access at Nottingham Music Service and leads the brass team in delivering high quality WCE and In Harmony lessons, providing specialist support for brass teaching across the service and leads on the exam strategy for the service. Previously Faye studied at Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Welsh College of Music studying music and then went on to do PGCE at Birmingham City University before becoming a secondary music teacher. She then became Head of Music and gained a Masters in Teaching and Learning before joining Nottingham Music Service in 2013.
Geoff has written and taught drama in education for the past twenty years. He specialises in; Forum Theatre, Process Drama and Mantle of the Expert. He has developed workshops for schools and national organisations such as; NASUWT, ATL, NUT, Manchester University, Virgin Trains and the National Stress Network. He also co-wrote and directed comedian Greg Davies stand-up show.
Helen Barnett is Learning and Participation Manager at Trestle Theatre and is an expert in mask, she manages Trestle's educational and participatory programme's and leads on Trestle's MA and PGCE courses for Middlesex University. Helen has an MA in Directing from East 15 Acting School and a BA in Drama from Loughborough University.
Helen Murray is a team leader with Nottingham Music Service, a charity committed to making music more accessible and inclusive. Helen leads on whole class instrumental programmes, progression, curriculum development and is lead woodwind teacher for the service. With a background as a professional orchestral and chamber musician, Helen has pursued a passion for music education in a wide range of settings, holding instrumental and classroom teaching posts in a number of secondary schools and music services.
Ian Burton is CEO of Nottingham Music Service and has grown the service over the last decade from serving 650 to more than 8000 young people, who now fully match the city’s diverse profile. He has previously held posts in many areas of music education, including senior lecturer in music education at Huddersfield University and Bath Spa University College, and director of music in various comprehensive schools and an FE college. Ian has been a member of several national music development groups, including the Arts Council England group that designed the Certificate for Music Educators and has run professional development courses/presentations on music education for many national organisations. Ian has been principal examiner in composing for OCR A-level music, a subject adviser for AQA GCSE music, and has been involved with the development of music specifications for both GCSE and A level. Ian is author of several music education books published by Rhinegold and has co-authored and contributed to numerous other publications. He is active as a conductor/composer/arranger and has founded several orchestras, for both adults and young people, that aim to break down barriers between different musical genres, styles and ways of working.
Jimmy Rotheram developed the whole-school music programme at Feversham Primary Academy which has attracted worldwide attention and acclaim from media and educators, leading to him being shortlisted for the $1m Global Teacher Prize. In addition to his work at Feversham, Jimmy is a regular presenter at music conferences across the UK.
Judith Kleinman trained as a musician working and touring with the major London Orchestras and chamber groups. For the last 30 years Judith has been one of the Alexander team at the Royal College of Music and junior Royal Academy and co wrote 'The Alexander Technique for Musicians' published by Bloomsbury.
Katie Molloy has taught Music at Beechwood Sacred Heart School for six years, qualifying as an outstanding music teacher and teaching music to all ages. Before this, she achieved her BA (Hons) in Music at The University of York, leading to further research into the seventeenth century English music and resulting in her obtaining her MA(Research) in 2015. Katie is a classical guitarist and performs as a soloist in concerts all over the country, including a performance of Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez with the Cranbrook Symphony Orchestra and as guest soloist at the International Composer’s competition in 2015 and 2018.
Kim Waldock is a freelance arts education consultant. She was head of National Programmes for the Royal Opera House and Director of Education at the Sydney Symphony. She now works with a range of organisations across the globe advising on, devising and evaluating educational and engagement programmes.
Mary-Alice Stack is Chief Executive of Creative United, an Arts Council funded Sector Support Organisation that supports economic growth and social impact in the arts, cultural and creative industries across the UK. Prior to the establishment of Creative United, she spent 8 years working for Arts Council England leading on the development of a range of pioneering public engagement and access to finance initiatives, including the 'Take it away' interest free loan scheme for the purchase of musical instruments. In March 2019, Creative United announced its plans to work in partnership with the OHMI Trust, Open Up Music, Drake Music and Youth Music ('the Take it away Consortium') to address inequalities in the provision of access to music for disabled children and young people.
Nancy Litten entered the Royal Academy of Music at age 16 on an open piano scholarship, but she also studied violin, singing, and conducting. Since then she has enjoyed a variety of musical activities, performing in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings. She has a wealth of experience as an accompanist and choral conductor, having worked with singers of all ages and standards. Teaching has involved piano, keyboard, violin, chamber music, singing, choirs, and musicianship. Nancy is an ABRSM examiner, an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals (serving on the adjudicators’ council), and chair of EPTA UK’s Kent region. She was founder and director of National Electronic Keyboard Courses from 2005-2012, and as keyboard consultant works with the ABRSM and Trinity exam boards; many of her arrangements and original pieces can be found in their publications. She has also written many magazine articles and book reviews. Alfred Music UK has published a range of her books: ‘Keyed Up’ tutors for electronic keyboard, ‘Playing with Colour’ tutors for violin (co-authored with Sharon Goodey), ‘Choral and Vocal Warm-ups for pianists’, and ‘Choral and Vocal Sight Singing, with keyboard harmony’.
Nathan Holder is a musician based in London. He received his masters in Music Performance from Kingston University in 2017 winning the MMus Prize for Outstanding Achievement. His first book entitled 'I Wish I Didn't Quit: Music Lessons' was published in 2018.
Nick Bottini is the author of the number one bestseller Just Play: The Simple Truth Behind Musical Excellence. He is a transformative coach working predominantly in the music industry with elite performers, music students, competition winners and child prodigies.
Dr Owen Cox is Deputy Head of Strings at Chetham's School of Music. A former professional violinist, he is now a dedicated teacher who specialises in work with Chetham's younger string players and ensembles.
After studies at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of London, Paul Harris has now established an international reputation as one of the UK's leading educationalists. He studied the clarinet with Professor John Davies, winning the August Manns Prize for outstanding performance, composition with Timothy Baxter and conducting with Maurice Miles. He then went on to study music education at the University of London where he was a pupil of Professor Keith Swanwick. He now has over six hundred publications to his name dealing with a vast array of subjects mostly concerning music education. His Music Teacher's Companion (co-written with Richard Crozier), won the UK's MIA Best New Book award and his series 'Improve Your Theory!' the Music Teacher Best Print Resource Award. He has created and and continues to develop Simultaneous Learning, his highly acclaimed approach to instrumental and singing teaching which has found support all over the world. Paul's innovative teaching techniques combine thoroughness, imagination and practicality, which are the defining qualities of his outstandingly successful work.
Paul Sutton works for C&T, widely regarded as a world leader in the field of drama, learning and digital technology. With partner schools, colleges, universities and theatres across the globe – including on Broadway, Korogocho, a slum in Nairobi, Vienna, New Zealand and across the UK, C&T uses theatre and technology to build global collaborations explores and critiques the challenges of life in our digital century. At the core of their approach is their online theatre platform Prospero.digital. C&T are a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.
Rachel is the founder and director of I Can Compose, winner of Outstanding Music Education Product in the 2019 Music Teacher Awards. She has 12 years’ experience as a secondary music teacher in a variety of educational settings and is passionate about composition in the classroom.
Rachel Wolffsohn is the General Manager of the OHMI Trust. Rachel studied Music and Education at Cardiff University and then Secondary Music Education at the University of Wales, Institute of Cardiff. After teaching secondary school music for a number of years she took an extended career break to care for her family before returning to work as the General Manager of the OHMI Trust in 2014. She has extensive experience as a school governor in the primary and secondary sector.
Rocksteady Music School deliver in-school peri rock band lessons that allow children to learn and perform songs as a band which increases confidence, resilience, teamwork and listening skills. Teaching over 27,000 children in more than 1,300 schools across the UK.
National Youth Theatre Associate and Actor, Ste Johnston, leads a workshop on performing Shakespeare and audition technique. Equip your students with the skills and tools to explore classical text in both the classroom and audition settings. The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain is a world-leading youth arts organisation. Established in 1956 as the world’s first youth theatre, we have nurtured the talent of hundreds of thousands of young people over 60 years. We inspire and showcase exceptional performers and theatre technicians from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commissioning brave and relevant new writing and reinterpreting classic stories for our time. We are as ambitious as the young people we serve, platforming young talent on West End stages, in schools and in stadiums world-wide and at iconic sites both home and abroad.
Tom Doughty is a musician and singer-songwriter and has been described by some of the biggest names in the industry as one of the world's finest lap slide guitarists. Tom first learnt his craft through interpreting what he heard on records and later through watching other guitar players. As an early teenager, Tom had become an accomplished fingerstyle guitarist and recalls playing the Davey Graham tune ‘Angie’ at a school concert. Tom has a permanent disability, caused by a spinal injury when he was 17. People would call his disability serious (it affects his legs, arms and fingers), yet he believes his impairment feeds his creativity, inventiveness and musicianship. He has recently completed a tour of spinal injury units around the UK, introducing adult learners to the lap slide guitar.
Tom Redmond, who joined Chetham's as Director of Music in September, is originally a horn player. One of the country's best known animateurs and presenters, he has devised numerous interactive events for young audiences and worked with young players through Chetham's, Junior RNCM and the National Youth Orchestra.