I teach my classes in different ways due to specialisms. For example, I teach music theory as a workshop rather than a lesson, where I will teach examples and then we will do questions and answers. For peripatetic lessons I often teach technique, warm-ups and then focus on repertoire. When I teach music analysis, I often split musical analysis up into sections such as melody, harmony, structure and instrumentation to help divide the musical work up into chunks. I teach, we do, we revise.
I am a second year music student at The University of York and I hold a singing diploma, distinction grade 8 flute, grade 6 saxophone and distinction in Grade 5 theory. I also have A levels in Music, Philosophy and Ethics and Art. As well as EPQ and As level English literature. I'm also very adventurous and have achieved my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.
I am currently in my first year as an Undergraduate student and I am studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Music at York University. I am interested in music and I have been developing my knowledge and understanding of theories within this discipline, as directed by the modules I have been taking. I have also been working on key social and teamwork skills that are needed within aspects of music, through my extracurricular choirs and orchestras. I am currently looking for work over the Summer.
My skill set includes a wide variety of leadership and teamwork skills due to the nature of my degree as well as volunteering roles that I do. As part of my degree, I am a member of lots of music ensembles. I am currently involved in numerous choirs and jazz orchestras in which some are student run. I run a flute ensemble which we have set up at the University. Setting up this ensemble meant we had to have good communication with members on deciding concert dates and venues along with choosing repertoire. I’m currently a conductor within this ensemble which requires a great deal of confidence to control an ensemble with people of the same age. This role has taught me how to make executive decisions, not just within music but as an organizer. Previously, three years ago I was a part of a Guernsey student run Jazz band 'Swing Along' that helped me gain invaluable team skills and money management skills.
Institute of Directors Convention sponsored by The Ana Leaf Foundation
In 2017 I was selected to attend the Institute of Directors (IoD) convention in Guernsey based on ‘infrastructure’. This opportunity allowed me to hear the thoughts and progress of the businesses throughout Guernsey. I also attended the IoD midterm review as part of the student team to see what has changed and what new exciting innovations had occurred. Being part of the student team at these conventions allowed me insight into this world of business as well as what the IoD does for Guernsey as an organisation. With the Ana Leaf Foundation and the IoD I had an amazing opportunity to go to London to visit Deloittes London offices as well as the headquarters of the IoD. This opportunity to see global connections with businesses was extremely eye opening and inspired me to look into possible careers within this sector.
IoD Management Shadowing
Ipes - Summer 2017
The IoD Management shadowing scheme gives the opportunity to shadow a manager for a week to understand their role within the business. I shadowed an Operations Manager who oversaw 70 members of staff working in Guernsey. I got an insight into the way trust funds and investors worked, what they invested in and how the tams within the business worked for each client. I also received a lecture into cyber terrorism and legislation against this. From this experience I gained a variety of skills including presentation skills - as I had to perform a presentation to the panel of judges, as well as organisation and key leadership skills.
Work Experience- Art/Music Teacher
St Sampsons High School June 2017
I received a placement through Guernsey Work Experience (GWEX) where I oversaw the role of a class teacher who taught classes from Year 7- 11. I learned key skills such as organisation and leadership skills as well as being in an authoritarian role. One invaluable experience was organising and teaching a Year 8's art class that was based around Henri Matisse and his use of colour. Teaching this class taught me how to be a stronger leader, how to keep the students engaged within the classroom and how to prepare a lesson within a specific time frame. Whilst I was on placement I was also involved with the extra curricular activities within the secondary school had to this included a visit to Les Bourgs Hospice. This meant we had to plan and execute a trip safely, making sure we met the health and safety requirements which allowed my role on placement to take on an extra level of authority.
Work Experience - Graphic Designer
Rock and Small Design July 2015
Placement offered through GWEX, in which I observed a Graphic Designer at work. During this role I also undertook tasks such as learning the basics of photoshop and talking to clients on a personal level. This helped me understand the relationship that exists between the client and the business and how to approach clients in the correct style. I also observed the designing process of adverts, this helped me understand the creative process of devising an advertising campaign for individual companies.
Work Experience - Teacher
School of Popular Music July 2015
During this placement, I oversaw the role of a music teacher looking at teaching methods for drums, guitar and violin. This helped me understand the role of a peripatetic music teacher who teaches on a one to one basis, rather than within the classroom. This role helped me understand the communication and interpersonal skills needed to talk to students, as well as being able to discuss articulately musical chords and notes to help the children understand. Through this placement I learnt how to create a teaching environment that is good for students to learn and help them to follow the advice from the teacher.
Currently studying Ba Music
Guernsey Grammar School - A levels 2017- 2018
A- Philosophy and Ethics
A*- Extended Project Qualification
Guernsey Grammar School As Level 2017
A- Philosophy and Ethics
B- English Literature
Guernsey Grammar School
GCSES: 1 A* in Religious Studies, 7 A's including Maths and English Language, B in English Literature and C in French
Interests and other Achievements
I have been volunteering with the Brownie group based at Cobo which is part of the girl guiding organisation for the last four years. I have been learning how to work with children from ages 7 to 10 years, as well as learning about the financial management of the Guide group. I have developed my leadership skills whilst working with the children through running sessions. I am also a volunteer with MEG (Music Education Group) in which involves going into schools and care homes. I have a personal lesson plan and teach interactive lessons about music such as recorders and African singing. I’ve had numerous training sessions which involve learning how to teach to disabled citizens and people living with dementia. I have achieved Grade 8 Distinction on the Flute, Grade 6 on Saxophone, ARSM singing with Distinction. I have Completed my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award in 2018 and I am waiting to go to the palace to accept my award. I am a past Guernsey Music Centre student; playing in orchestra, choirs, windband, flute choir and jazz band all which I have carried on at University. I also enjoy fitness and playing basketball, volleyball as well as Aerobics at University.
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