Children’s and Youth Choirs

Start a children’s or youth choir in your school

Singing builds relationships, improves confidence and gives children a release of positive energy which enables them to focus their learning during other subjects for the rest of day. Music has also been proven to increase intelligence in children as it is one of the only subjects which actively engages both sides of the brain at the same time. I also incorporate music theory into choir rehearsals by using aspects the Kodály Method in warm-ups and to teach songs. More info on the Kodály Method is available here: http://www.britishkodalyacademy.org/kodaly_approach.htm

I offer lunchtime and after school choirs and singing clubs of all different styles, including “Glee Club”, singing to link into the National Curriculum and cross-curricular topics such as World War II or the Victorians, as well as more traditional school choirs and I aim to foster musicianship in all students, not just the most able, through use of the Kodaly method. Students will be actively involved in music, with actions, movement and pitch/rhythm games as well as learning how to read music using Solfa symbols and step-by-step teaching to challenge and include all.

If your school are passionate about keeping the arts available for all, like I am, please contact me to organise a designed proposal meeting  to discuss how to bring more music to your school.

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My previous/current choral director roles include:

Leeds University Chorus – Musical Director (2011-12)

Cruz Roja Community Choir (Granada) – Associate Musical Director

*Sing for Pleasure Young Conducting Scholarship 2-15-16*

Darlington Youth Choir – Musical Director (2015-16)

Easington Colliery Primary School Years 2 and 3 Choir – Musical Director (2015-16)

Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School Key Stage 2 Singing (Various Groups) – Musical Director (2015-16)

Trimdon Junior School Singers (Various Groups) – Musical Director (2015-16)

Shotton Hall Primary School Choir – Musical Director (2015)

Durham County Youth Choir – Guest conductor at the Sage, Gateshead (March 2016)

Members of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain Chamber Choir – Musical Director during the Durham Music Singing Podcasts project (July 2016)

Left Bank Choir (2016-17) – Co-director

Penistone Children’s Choir (2017) – Musical Director

Barnsley Youth Choir (2018-present) – Assistant Musical Director for BYC Junior Choir and Section Leader for BYC Intermediate and Senior Choirs

Leeds Vocal Movement (2017-present) – Musical Director

Sing for Pleasure – Young Conductor Scholarship 2015

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