Advisory Board

Daniel Keen

Daniel Keen graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2009 and ever since has been involved in music education, particularly in Primary schools.  He has run school choirs across the North West and Stoke-on-Trent alongside award winning adult choirs and is always looking at ways to get people singing.  He is involved in the Stoke-on-Trent Cultural Education Partnership and highly passionate about giving every child access to the best music education they can get.

He runs CPD sessions for trainee teachers and teachers through the Britannia Teaching School Alliance and currently works as a Music and Arts specialist at Saint Nathaniel’s Academy, Burslem, where he also delivers ArtsAward as well as individual Brass lessons.

David Guinane

David read Music and French at the University of Birmingham and is currently the Head of Music at Beaumont School, St. Albans.  The department has been a finalist in the Best School Music Department category of the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence, and maintains an excellent reputation for music-making. He writes for Music Teacher Magazine, and consults regularly on music education. He is co-author of the ‘OCR Study Guide for GCSE Music’ (Rhinegold) and ‘How to Teach Music: Secondary (Harper Collins). He works for exam boards in both resources and assessment, and maintains a personal blog on music education.

Hermione Ruck Keene

Dr Hermione Ruck Keene is a music educator and researcher.  She began her career as a Primary class teacher before moving into specialist music teaching and completing an MA in Music Education, followed by a PhD in Sociology of Music. She now lectures in Music Education at the University of Exeter on the Primary PGCE and MA Creative Arts Education programmes. Hermione continues to work as a music educator, as the co-founder and musical director of Fulham Children’s Choir and as a private singing teacher.

Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson is currently Director of Music at St Mary’s Church, Chelsea and Organist and Teacher of Music at Ardingly College. He has worked previously as a conductor and organist at Oxford, Cambridge and Durham Universities, and today maintains a busy freelance career alongside choirs and ensembles from across the UK.

Over the course of his musical career, Jack has performed extensively at prestigious venues throughout the UK, Continental Europe, North America and the Far East. He is increasingly active as an educator and workshop leader, preparing children’s choirs for performances at the BBC Proms, and working frequently as a guest conductor and accompanist with musicians from the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music.

Matt Yeoman

Matt Yeoman is the Lead Practitioner and Research Lead at Queen’s Park High School in Chester, Cheshire with a significant role in the development of teaching and learning and staff skillsets. His interest in innovative practice has enabled him to present at ResearchEd and National Expo’s and he is currently a Specialist Leader in Education for the Cheshire Vale Teaching School Alliance.

Matt is outcome-driven and firmly believes as an arts practitioner that the arts has a pivotal and key role in the shaping of students’ creativity in expression and passion for learning and success.

Marie Bessant

With experience as Head of Department at secondary schools and FE colleges Marie has a wealth of experience teaching Music and Performing Arts at GCSE, A Level, BTEC and HND. As OCR’s Music specialist Marie took the lead in the development for the new Music GCSEs and A Levels as well as overseeing resources, running training and CPD events, regularly speaking and presenting at music education events and supporting the performing arts teaching community. Marie has recently taken on the same responsibilities for Drama GCSE and A level and the Cambridge Technical vocational Performing Arts qualifications. Alongside this Marie is an organist and pianist with a love for rock music.

Michelle Hotchkiss

Michelle Hotchkiss is a teacher with twenty years of classroom experience. Michelle is owner of Shellwyn Tuition, an education and tutoring business, specialising in English, Literacy and tuition for students with Additional learning needs. Michelle also provides training, advice and guidance on ALN for classroom practitioners. In her previous role Michelle was a Secondary School teacher and SENCo, taking responsibility for all aspects of additional needs and associated training across her school. Michelle specialises in working with children with behavioral difficulties and with ASD AND Dyslexia. A keen musician and singer and an avid photographer,  Michelle has worked across many performing arts events including The International Eisteddfod and CarFest North.

Myra Brunton

Myra has a full and varied career in music with education firmly at its heart. She is a flautist, busy accompanist and is currently Head of Instrumental Music at The Abbey School in Berkshire. Myra’s own formative music experiences were with Leicestershire’s county music service. She read music at Oxford University and has taught widely; in a county music service, in state and independent schools, teaching the flute through all ages and abilities and as a secondary music teacher. She believes passionately in the ability of music education to help build balanced and healthy minds.

Paul Hughes

Paul Hughes is both a professional musician and an experienced Head of Music. After studying for his PGCE in Secondary Music teaching at The Institute of Education, London, he began his teaching career in Croydon first as an NQT before quickly moving to HoD. Paul has successfully led music and performing arts departments in three different schools during which time he has always advocated the educational opportunities afforded to teachers through the use of social media. He thoroughly believes in open access to high quality music education for pupils of all abilities and that there should be a greater focus on popular music in the classroom.

Wyn Richards

With 18 years’ teaching experience, Wyn Richards is a Drama and Acting lecturer in the Performing Arts department of Gower College Swansea (2018 Silver Award for FE Team of the Year: Pearson Teaching Awards). An AS and A-Level Drama lecturer, he is Curriculum Leader for the BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting). He is a LAMDA examiner, and an advisory panellist for new anthology entries for ‘Verse and Prose’ examinations. He was a nominee of ‘The Guardian Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School (South England), 2007/08,’ and twice in ‘2011/12.’

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