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Meet our 8 Music teachers

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Miss Al-Hanoush

Secondary Music

Hello! My name is Sarah Al-Hanoush and I am the Director of Creative Arts and Head of Music at a secondary school in Birmingham. I began learning to play the violin at the age of four and have since taught myself a variety of other instruments. I have been teaching music since 2011 in secondary schools in London and Birmingham. I love teaching music, inspiring children and I’m also very passionate about promoting the arts. In my spare time I love to travel and in the holidays I can usually be found exploring somewhere exotic!

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Josh Chapman

Secondary Music

Hi! I’m Josh and I am currently the deputy head of music at a fantastic school in London that has an amazing strings programme. I teach the violin and core music to year 4 all the way through to year 11. I have a degree in music from the University of Birmingham and as you can tell, I would be a famous rapper/singer/songwriter/producer if I didn’t enjoy teaching so much. I am passionate about all school aged children having access to great music lessons and experiencing the joy that music brings. I love teaching music and truly believe that it holds the power to transform ourselves and others for the better, whether you want to be a musician or not! I have enjoyed contributing to The Oak National Academy music curriculum and hope you enjoy the lessons!

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Naomi Charatan

Secondary Music

I am currently a head of music at a school in North London. After studying music at university, I spent two years teaching abroad in Japan before starting my teacher training at the UCL Institute of Education. I love my job because I get to do my favourite thing every day - making music! I particularly enjoy teaching lessons on singing and band musicianship. When not at school, I can be found playing the accordion at jam sessions, singing, running, and trying out the array of restaurants in London!

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Leona Friar

Secondary Music

Hi, I’m Leona Friar, I am a secondary school head of year and music teacher. I have lived in London for over 9 years after qualifying with a music and drama degree from Royal Holloway University, so as you can guess, I am all about the performing arts! I LOVE music and believe a good tune can brighten anyone’s day. I have always wanted to teach, so combining both made total sense. As I grew up in a leafy county in the midlands I like a countryside walk, practicing yoga and I’ve been told I bake a mean brownie. 

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Miss Hart

EYFS & Primary & Specialist Music

I am currently Head of Music at a large primary school in Enfield. I also teach on the undergraduate/ postgraduate courses at a music conservatoire. I play trombone and studied music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After completing my degree, I wanted to inspire others to enjoy music as much as I do. This starts with a fun and engaging education in primary school with lots of performance opportunities. When I’m not in the classroom or performing, I enjoy baking, painting my nails and being a mum to my little girl.

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Miss Miner

EYFS & Primary Music

I am currently a Primary Music teacher working in South London. I love working with all primary children, right from the age of 3-11. I often find myself learning as much from them as they do me. My absolute favourite part of the job is watching children grow and find their confidence and expression, which impacts on all areas of the curriculum. Outside of work, I love going for walks in the countryside and spending time with my beloved cats - Branston and Pickle.

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Sal Palekar

Secondary & Primary Music

I am a music teacher from London who loves working with students and school teams in delivering a broad range of exciting musical activities. In a world which is constantly changing, I am excited to work in creative arts education towards supporting our children to connect with their individuality, creativity, communication and musicality so that all students can embrace their sense of self and community through music.

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Pippa Wright

EYFS & Secondary & Primary Music

I am lucky enough to teach music at a fantastic primary school in Camden. It’s one of the best places to teach music as we have such a great musical culture in North London. I am also a vocal tutor for ExCathedra’s education project ’Singing Medicine’ at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, which I have happily been part of for 10 years.  Once a month, I lead ambitious teenagers in the Spark Choir, which is made up of some of the best singers across our school’s network. I studied music at the University of Birmingham and Postgraduate Musical Theatre performance at the Royal Academy of Music. I have an MA in Early Childhood Music Education from the Centre of Research in Early Childhood (BCU). In my free time I love to see the great outdoors in my campervan with my dog and my husband. Cooking good food, dancing and singing put a smile on my face, especially when all done at the same time!