I was very fortunate to go to a secondary school with a very active music department and inspirational, passionate teachers. I played the piano accordion in the Ceilidh Band and the piano and saxophone in the Big Band. We always had a gig with one or the other of the bands each weekend, which was great fun and great experience.
After five years of playing with a national Christian orchestra (MAYC), including an annual weekend performing at the Royal Albert Hall, and graduating from university with a music degree, I undertook a secondary teacher training qualification, a PGCE. I became a class music teacher for 14 years, which I loved, and was fortunate to gain experience teaching from Year 2 up to Year 13, staging a musical every two years and performing in the local community at Christmas time.
After having two children, I started teaching the piano, sax and clarinet privately in the evenings and it really took off. I became a peripatetic music teacher in addition to that and have been travelling around different secondary schools teaching piano, clarinet and saxophone individual and shared music lessons ever since. I still play sax in two local bands and teach peripatetic and private music lessons to over 80 individual pupils a week.