My name is Liz Gleed (nee Oliver) and I have been teaching secondary music since 2001. I completed my BMus at Cardiff University and followed it up with a PGCE at Bath Spa University. During my career I have worked at four very different secondary schools. I spent my early career working in two secondary schools in Reading, followed by five years at Matravers School, a specialist 11-18 arts college in Wiltshire.
In 2011 I started working as Head of Music at Bristol Cathedral Choir School, a music specialism academy in the centre of Bristol and the first choir school in the country to switch to an academy. The school is part of Cathedral Schools Trust which was founded in 2016. The department is a busy one with strong uptake for GCSE and A Level Music and a very large co-curricular programme. We teach GCSE and A Level Music currently. It is an exciting inner city centre school, as such we serve a diverse and vibrant community along with the addition of the cathedral choristers and music specialists. We have a great team of specialist peripatetic staff and four members of the core department team.
Over the years I have become increasingly active on Twitter and my classroom practice has benefitted hugely from networking with other practitioners online. I love the role of Head of Music and it never fails to engage and excite me. I particularly interested in curriculum design and am currently thinking a lot about the decolonisation of the music curriculum. I am passionate in creating and driving musical experiences for young people that encompass the breadth and depth of what music can offer. In practice I am a singer and a flautist and love choral music and choral conducting. I love to listen to Vaughan Williams, Blur, Ben Folds, Anoushka Shankar and Debussy. Full disclosure these five change on a monthly basis..
This blog is a place for me to sporadically share some ideas and reflections on what I do on a day to day basis in the hope that it allows me to continue to grow, to have a voice in the music education field and to continue to love what I do.
Feel free to start or continue a conversation with me on Twitter @mrsgleedmusic or via email firstname.lastname@example.org