Previous Posts

  • Being an anti-racist: Intention has to equal impact Saturday June 06th, 2020

    Since posting a black square on my Instagram feed last week I have reflected a lot on my responsibility and previous failures as a privileged white female to call out racism and truly acknowledge the existence of white supremacy.

    This post isn’t about virtual signalling or tokenism, to be honest the last thing anyone needs is another ...

  • The best advice I received as a music teacher Saturday June 06th, 2020

    This is a post I submitted as part of #ReLearnMusicTeaching on Twitter. This has been a super collaborative blogging effort I have occasionally contributed to during lockdown. It is a sequence of posts that discuss and unpack each of the tasks in ‘Learning To Teach in the Secondary School’. I have enjoyed reading the posts hugely. ...

  • Planning During a Pandemic: Part Two Monday May 11th, 2020

    The last time I posted I was hugely overwhelmed by the recent lockdown and scrabbling about trying to find a personal and profession pattern to live by. As Twitter buzzes with opinions on lifting restrictions, I have been thinking about how things have progressed since then so here are a few thoughts.

    I know I am in ...

  • Planning during a Pandemic Thursday March 26th, 2020

    Writing a blog post is probably the last thing I ‘should’ be doing right now. In the midst of being locked down at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic I have been juggling setting work, trying to support students remotely, get to grips with new resources and apps. All around having a 3 year old ...

  • Key Stage 3 Music Curriculum Planning Saturday March 07th, 2020

    This year, like many schools we have been part of a real focus on curriculum planning within our departments. Planning a curriculum has always been something I have enjoyed, thinking about the students I teach and crafting a curriculum to inspire them and progress their musicianship. There are so many examples out there, ...

  • My Music Classroom 2020 Saturday February 29th, 2020

    It is now the end of February 2020 and I am very aware that it has been a long time since I last blogged here. Like many I have been meaning to so many times, but taking the first step back into it has been harder than I thought. Time has been one ...

  • A reflection on my summer resolutions 2014 Thursday August 06th, 2015

    This time last year I wrote my first ever blog post and came up with some resolutions for the new academic year as inspired by #mufuchat. You can read it here.

    1. To keep singing at the heart of my classroom

    I definitely kept putting singing first this year, although there is still work to do. ...

  • Life without tables – one year on Friday July 31st, 2015

    A tweet came up in my Timehop today that read ‘I’m bored and ready for a change in my classroom layout, but am I brave enough to ditch the tables?’. Turns out I was and my first class in September arrived to a very large space with all the instruments set up ready to play ...

  • #summer10 Tuesday July 28th, 2015

    I have seen a few other educators doing their #summer10 plans for the holidays so thought I’d share my own to kick start the break.

    Rest – First on my agenda is making some time to rest. After and exhausting summer term that seemed to be relentlessly busy I am looking forward to drinking hot cups of tea, ...

  • Read and Respond Feedback in Music Saturday March 21st, 2015

    I spoke briefly my schools Heads of Subject meeting briefly this week to showcase how we are now trying to give feedback in the music department. Thought I’d share what we are doing here as well.

    There is a huge sense of pressure on teachers at the moment to provide meaningful feedback to our students that promotes ...