21 April, 2020

Life has changed quite a lot in the last few weeks! When I last wrote I’d just been to a music education conference in London. I didn’t realise then how quickly I’d be implementing some of the ideas and technology I’d seen there. One of the companies I met there host an online platform for music teachers which includes a lesson schedule, a profile for each pupil and the ability to upload sheet music and videos to each pupil’s page. Just what I need now that all my harp lessons have moved online! I’m teaching via Skype now and I’m really happy with how all my pupils (and me!) are adapting to a new way of learning.

Teaching is keeping me busy during the weekdays and I’m adjusting to a new routine. My boyfriend is working from home too, so we do our “normal” workday then have our daily walk before dinner. I think it helps to have a structure to the day and to keep work and personal time separate.

Thanks for reading and for all the likes and comments on my Facebook page, it’s lovely to hear from you! I hope you’re all keeping well and staying healthy.


10 March, 2020

My work as a freelance musician includes lots of different types of work and projects. It includes performing as a solo harpist, composing and arranging music for the harp, and teaching. I teach the harp to individuals in private lessons and to groups with traditional arts organisations. I also teach general music workshops in primary and secondary schools.

Teaching is something that I really love to do! I’m always keen to stay up to date with developments in music education and to attend CPD and training sessions whenever possible. I recently spent a brilliant couple of days at the Music & Drama Expo in London. I spent lots of time chatting to music education organisations and suppliers, as well as attending six CPD sessions. The sessions ranged from discussion of educational approaches to hands on workshops, all of which have given me lots to think about and practical ideas that I can’t wait to incorporate into my own practise.