Mark Penrose

Mark PenroseMark will be teaching Secondary methodology. For more details please visit Kodály Summer School 2016.

Mark is Director of Music at Bilton Grange Preparatory School, a leading boarding school near Rugby. He trained as a teacher with Dr James Cuskelly (IKS President) and Maree Hennessy (Director of the Kodály Centre for Music Education at Holy Names University) at the University of Queensland, graduating with a Bachelor of Education in Secondary and Primary Music in July 2006, having previously gained a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Music Studies (Hons I) in Vocal Pedagogy from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

In the UK, Mark has taught from EYFS to A Level, and has been a Head of Department since early 2008, implementing a Kodály-inspired curriculum at each school with great success. Before moving out of London, he was an occasional deputy teacher for the String Training Programme at Junior Guildhall, covering Kodály classes for Cyrilla Rowsell and others. More recently, Mark delivered training on the International A Level in Music (CIE) to teachers in China and on the Isle of Man. He is an experienced examiner for iGCSE, A Level, Pre-U and Singapore Music syllabuses.

As a choral conductor, Mark has met with success in the Barnardo’s National Choral Competition, taking the Junior Chamber Choir at Surbiton High Girls’ Prep School to the National Finals at the Royal Festival Hall in March 2015, and touring to Belgium a few weeks later to première his Pentatonic Mass, which was also performed by the Miraculum Children’s Choir when they visited Surbiton for the second time in July 2015.