Phoene can offer training to music hubs for peripatetic teachers to engage with singing as part of teaching whole class wider opportunities and to individual schools to support whole school singing from key stage 1 – key stage 3 and beyond.

Phoene is best placed to facilitate teachers to be creative and confident in their own voice use and musical creativity enabling appropriate engagement from all pupils both mainstream and SEND. This can be delivered strategically as well as practically.

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Phoene in action

At a recent workshop for Surrey Music Hub 22 out of 26 participants rated Phoene’s training as “excellent” and left “feeling inspired”  “What I liked best about the session was Phoene’s amazing energy, passion and enthusiasm”

Benefits

Singing can improve pupils’ learning, confidence, health and social development. It has the power to change lives and build stronger communities. This is why we are asking …. to ensure that every child sings regularly and that choirs are available…..In the spirit of partnership working, hubs may wish to draw on expertise …to develop and deliver their singing strategies.
National Plan for Music Education, November 2011

Sing up remind us that:

When we sing, our bodies surge with endorphins, making children more receptive to new knowledge and experiences. It also relies on committed cooperation… this ‘team-building’ element transfers perfectly to classrooms

 

Engagement

  • Music Services and Music Education hubs
  • Consultant for singing strategy for music education hubs bids
  • Training peripatetic teachers to be more confident in the use of their voice and singing in their one to one instrumental and wider opportunities teaching
  • Rehearsing one off large scale singing projects with children and young people across key stages 1 – 4
  • Schools (Primary, Secondary and SEND)
  • Training student teachers, NQT’s, class teachers and TA’s to be more confident and effective in their delivery of vocal music
  • Delivering whole class and individual vocal tuition
  • Setting up choirs and vocal groups
  • Workshops in improvisation
  • Mainstream and Special Educational Needs
  • Training teachers and potential choir and vocal group leaders

Experience

Phoene worked at Richmond Music Trust in West London as the vocal team leader, employing and managing eight teachers. As well as co-running the annual singing festival for over 30 schools and 1800 children she rehearsed and conducted a group of 500 children singing Pete Churchill’s ‘Babel’ at the Royal Albert Hall.

She also set up a vocal wider opportunities programme across the borough. Every primary school class who signed up for instrumental lessons received a full term of vocal work run by Phoene and her team alongside class teachers and teaching assistants where the musical elements were explored vocally. Using improvisation, composition, rhythm and pulse games, listening and responding exercises as well as composed songs until every child had embedded musical knowledge through the voice and body prior to picking up an instrument.

Phoene trains primary teachers (from students, to NQT’s to music co-ordinators) to be more confident in the facilitating and leading of vocal music within the school community. She was a trainer and mentor for the Trinity Guildhall ks2 cpd course as well as a regular trainer for www.singup.org.