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Music Theory

Bradford Continuing Education

Damian Oxborough - Professional Teaching Experience

I have a wealth of experience teaching people of all ages groups and ability levels, and have held Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) since 2008.

I have been giving one-to-one lessons in piano and guitar since I was at school myself - that's nearly 20 years experience as a piano teacher!! During this time, I've taught many absolute beginners, setting the foundations of a lifetime's enjoyment in playing music! My youngest pupils have been around 5 years old (and these kids are introduced to music with a very varied curriculum of activities including singing, hand percussion, and games etc). On the other end of scale, I have taught people up to and beyond retirement age - people who get a great deal of pleasure from learning to play familiar tunes!

Prior to becoming qualified, I taught children in primary and secondary schools all over the Bradford region. Working for Education Bradford's Music Service, I have given singing lessons from the piano to hundreds (if not thousands!) of children over the years - usually linking the songs we sing to the subjects they learn about in the wider curriculum! Secondary schools have hired me as a peripatetic keyboard teacher - providing group lessons to students from 11 to 19 years old.

In 2007, I sat my Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education (PGC Sec Ed) through a SCITT programme: 'School Centred Initial Teacher Training' - trained to be a qualified secondary school music teacher. I did a short placement at Lawnswood School in Leeds, and the lion's share of my experience was gained at St Mary's Catholic Comprehensive in Menston. This was followed by a year's maternity cover as a Teacher of Music at Prince Henry's Grammar School - securing permanent QTS. Here I taught Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level Music (AQA & EdExcel), looked after the pastoral care of year 8 children, and led a number of after-school music clubs.

Outside of the state school system, I have taught Music Theory at Foundation Level (Hull University), and singing for a variety of theatre schools including NAPA (Northern Academy of Performing Arts), Stampede, Stagecoach, and Debut. I've also worked for 3 years teaching employability skills, English language and ICT to groups of adults in the Life Long Learning sector.