As a musician I think it is extremely important that Music Education is equally available to all children no matter or social standing or status and that every child should be given the same opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Since 2009 I have been fortunate to work with the Award Winning Music Department in Bethnal Green, East London as Managing Director of Music. The Morpeth Music Department has a long-standing, distinguished reputation as a leading department in contemporary teaching and learning. There is a diverse and lively culture of music-making and performance, featuring both professional and student players, both staff and student-led, which encompasses all styles of music. In order for the staff and students to have a positive experience in such a large and vibrant department the day to day management of all the instrumental lessons, concerts, extra curricular and professional partnerships is the responsibility of the Music Department Technical, Teaching and Administration support. This role answers directly to the Head of Department and the Head Teacher, as it is a very visible role in the wider school community, providing high quality performances at public events.
Morpeth Music Department benefits from a state of the art new ‘BSF’ building (Building Schools For The Future) and reputation for the ‘added value’ that improves a school life, achievement and overall student attitude to school. My role is to offer everything from teaching guitar to web design and musically inspire and engage young people, be in house studio engineer, administration support and events manager. This diverse role brings an enormous amount of cohesion to the music department for both students and staff. Also raising achievement through regular performance opportunities and professional mentoring and links.
Morpeth School Music Department, Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets, London, UK.