Degree Title: BA (Hons) Music
Year of Graduation: 2008
Post-Graduation Qualifications: PGCE in Secondary Music Education at Durham University
Occupation: Secondary School Music Teacher
Mostly I enjoyed meeting and making music as well of friendships with a variety of other musicians. I had to opportunity to play cello in many different types of musical ensembles from baroque to pop bands, which was great. I also enjoyed the chance to study a variety of different areas of music. In particular, I enjoyed a module where I composed and performed with children (Teaching Methods). I also liked the support I was given if required by the members of staff.
I am currently in my third year teaching music at a secondary school in Chester-Le-Street. The best thing about my job is that I get to do something with music every day, which is all I’ve wanted.
I teach music (performing, composing and listening) at Key Stage 3 (11-14), 4 (GCSE) and 5 (A Level) as well as having a year 10 form class. Although it has its many challenges, I have found it very rewarding when my students have got excellent exam results, or have enjoyed their music lessons. I have been lucky to have already been promoted this year to a ‘Lead Practitioner’ and have been asked to share good practice with other teachers.
How your degree prepared you for your career
Most of all, I feel my degree helped improve my confidence in myself and communicating with a variety of people, as well as in my music performance. I don’t think I would have felt comfortable singing and performing (and even rapping once!) in front of a class of children if I hadn’t done so much performance at university.
In addition, my course helped me develop my musical knowledge, as a lot of subjects we studied at university I am now teaching (such as jazz and African drumming).