11 July, 2019
I hadn’t realised how long it’s been since I last posted! I’ve mostly been using my Facebook page to share wee updates and photos, but I’m going to start posting shorter news updates more regularly on here.
I’ve had another busy year with lots of interesting and varied work. I completed a two-year creative learning project with P5-7 in schools across Ayrshire. It was a really interesting project and I love working with that age group, they’re so full of ideas and energy.
After the project finished I had a busy summer of weddings and events, then in October I started as YMI Coordinator for Inverclyde Council. During my six months there I designed and coordinated a music programme for P5 classes across 20 schools. I spent half my time on the office side of things, and half in schools delivering whole-class music sessions. One of my highlights was a brilliant song one class wrote called “The Dog Ate My Homework”. It was something that had actually happened to a pupil’s maths worksheet that week!
I’m busy with weddings and events again this summer as well as my regular weekly harp teaching. I’ve taken on some new pupils recently and it’s great to see so many people interested in playing the harp.
Thanks for reading and for all the Facebook likes, comments and shares – it’s really appreciated!
03 January, 2018
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a brilliant time over the holidays, and with lots of people starting back at work today I hope it hasn’t been back down to earth with too much of a bump!
It’s that time where everyone reflects on the last year and I’m really happy to say that 2017 was a great year that kept me busy with lots of different events and projects, in fact the year flew by in a bit of a blur! At the start of the year I was part way through the first phase of a creative learning project in primary schools (P4-P6), and as we start this year I’m part way through its second phase. I’m really enjoying the project and working with that age group, they have so much curiosity and enthusiasm – there’s never a dull moment!
I’ve had a busy year of weddings and corporate events that have taken me to lots of beautiful venues across Scotland, and my diary is already filling up for 2018 and 2019. I’ve also been busy with teaching at the Feis and workshops with the Glasgow branch of the Clarsach Society. My private teaching starts again next week after the holidays and as this new term starts I’m delighted to welcome three new learners. My current learners age from 8 to over 60 and from complete beginner to advanced, and it’s lovely to work with such a wide range of ages and abilities.
I also had a bit of a non-musical work adventure towards the end of the year as an extra for Outlaw King, the film about Robert the Bruce. It was a lot of fun to go through the process of costume fittings, hair and make-up, and to see how things works on a film set. I’m really looking forward to seeing the film when it comes out!
It’s been a busy year at home too, with some re-decorating and having a new kitchen fitted. It was quite disruptive while the work was being done as it made it quite tricky to work from home, but now that it’s all finished and looking great I can definitely say it was worth it! I also had lovely holidays to Split (Croatia) in May and Riga (Latvia) in October, and I’m looking forward to going to Berlin for a few days next month too.
Thanks again to everyone for reading and for all your likes, shares and comments on my Facebook page – it’s much appreciated!