Don't procrastinate,

Song is the Key,

And you can call me.


Schools, do you have a choir? Would you like one?

Thank you for taking the time to look at my website and thinking about the musical development of the children in your care.

Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of tone and taste.

I've been around for a long, long year

So lets cut to the chase!

I can give you a choir... No, I can give you an excellent ROCK CHOIR! Oh Yeah!!!!!!!

"Why on Earth do I need a Rock Choir?" I hear you ask.

Well, the answer is simple but complex at the same time. The children in your school, as you know, love music. They love to sing and dance and perform. Their parents love it. You love it and so do I. Children in KS2 in particular are at an age where they are beginning to appreciate popular music and soak it up like a sponge. There's already some really good organisations out there like Sing Up if you're a member and you probably also sing in assemblies and in class, but your children possibly don't get to learn to sing the music they really, really like at school because, and I'm being brutally honest, they probably don't get the chance. Songs like Havana, Somewhere Only We Know or Hotel California for example don't naturally tend to feature much in day to day assemblies and possibly for good reason, I get it.

These are the kind of songs I teach...and children absolutely enjoy singing them. They think it's cool because they see it on TV or in films. Their older brothers and sisters listen to it, or their mums and dads play it in the car and they're still young enough to value that.

Learning music, as you know presents a pedagogical gold mine and the cross curricular possibilities are limitless so you can tick a lot of boxes off the statutory list in one hit especially when children start writing their own songs and music. Learning music in a choir also magnifies and develops social skills and opportunities and can be useful for children with behaviour and learning challenges. The important thing to remember is that it's not necessarily always the outgoing, confident children who already do dancing, drama and other activities who gain the most from Rock Choir. This activity is ideally suited to any child who wishes to express themself in a safe, collective environment.

"Why on Earth would I want to pick this dude?" I hear you ask.

I'm a PGCE primary qualified teacher with a specialisation in humanities and a masters in law (which is what I was doing and teaching in London before I decided on a much needed change of pace). I have worked in KS2 for 3 years and year 1 during my NQT year. I have been listening to music since I can remember and playing/performing it for almost as long: recorder, bongos, piano, cello, Guitar and vocals. I have delivered on a number of successful music projects in schools I have worked in and the simple fact is that I love what I do.

I'm also one of those people who genuinely believes that children have no boundaries when it comes to achievement. I am absolutely convinced that I've seen miracles performed by children (including my own) almost every day when they are faced with the chance to give things a go. Growth Mindset (thank you Paul) is firmly embedded in my own psyche and I spread it about as much as I can.

Honest and reliable. Children seem to like that and so do their parents. They know where they are with me and what they need to do in order to succeed. They're confident that they will be encouraged, supported during the process and rewarded when they do well. I think children also pick up on and respond to my enthusiasm for what I do and the fact that I do it with as much fun and humour as possible.

"Yeah, yeah, great, but what are you proposing?" I hear you ask.

I can do:

Lunchtime/After school Rock Choir - Children sing popular songs.

Full-on Lunchtime/After school "School of Rock" - Children sing and play instruments.

Full curriculum music lessons

Individual music and/or guitar lessons for children with or without learning or behaviour difficulties.

Music and songwriting workshops

Aside from the benefits your children will gain, you'll get the curriculum points, happy children and parents as well as a rocktastic act to perform at school events and fundraisers.

"Yeah, yeah, great but budgets are tight, so how much is this going to cost me?" I hear you ask.

If you've got this far, get in touch. I'm reasonably priced, I'm excellent value for money and I'm flexible.

Email me at [email protected]

I look forward to rocking and working with you to make even more amazing, rocktastic things happen at your school tomorrow.