Kathleen is a graduate of Hull University where she specialised in Musicology and Ensemble Performance. She qualified as a Secondary Music teacher in 2006 and has subsequently worked in a variety of settings ranging from delivering musicianship in EYFS, Whole Class Instrumental Teaching, to Key Stage 3 and 4 classroom music lessons.
She has recently taken the post of Head of Music at Sir John Nelthorpe School in Brigg, and is currently re-writing schemes of work to integrate aspects of Kodály musicianship into a singing and instrumental curriculum. Alongside this, Kathleen also teaches piano and voice for the North Lincolnshire Music Service, and is instrumental in the Music Hub’s Singing Strategy group. As part of this group she has had the opportunity to direct a number of massed singing events for KS1 and KS2, as well as delivering CPD to local Primary and Secondary teachers.
Kathleen has been a dedicated and passionate member of the British Kodály Academy for a number of years, after being introduced to solfège during her A-Level studies with Susan Hollingworth. She was awarded a Cecilia Vajda Memorial Scholarship in 2015, and completed the Certificate of Professional Practice in the Kodály Concept of Music Education in 2016. She is currently a member of the BKA Education Planning Board.
Kathleen is a keen choral singer and director, and performs with a variety of ensembles large and small. Kathleen is a former member of the award-winning Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir, and was recently made their Associate Musical Director. She directs their Training Choir, as well as working closely with the Musical Director to teach repertoire in the Main Choir. She is also lead teacher on the increasingly popular North Lincolnshire Young Music Maker’s Summer School which she has organised for the past seven years, catering for children from 5 – 13 years of age.