Professional musician, teacher and music in healthcare practitioner Fiona Pritchard has recently been using the pBuzz in her Music Therapy sessions. Fiona got in touch with us to share her experience working with the pBuzz and autism.
Since graduating from University with a BA (Hons) in Music and Business Management and a PGCE in Primary Education, Julie has gathered over 20 years experience in primary education having worked as a classroom teacher, governor and deputy head of schools in the Midlands. Julie is also an accomplished brass musician, holding principal positions with top section brass bands performing in Europe, UK, USA and Australia.
From 2010 – 2018 Julie lived with her family in Sydney, Australia. During this time Julie combined her passion for music and education by taking the position as Primary School Band Director. Over seven years under her direction, Julie developed an inclusive band program that doubled in size, winning numerous prestigious awards and competitions including ‘Commitment to Musical Excellence’. When her own children started school she took an active role in the Parents and Community Association, this takes the role of both the PTA and Board of Governors in Australia.
In 2016 Julie was elected P&C President, equivalent to Chair of Governors and was commended in the NSW Parliament for her effort, commitment and achievements. Julie is enthusiastic about the benefits to children of all abilities in learning and performing music and in 2017 she became Education Consultant for WMG in Australia where she successfully launched the pBuzz program. Julie secured strategic agreements with national and local distribution partners for pInstruments including School Bands Australia and Taylormade Music. Since moving back to the UK, Julie continues to work for WMG in her current role as publishing manager for Warwick Music Publishing.
Blog posts by Julie Fews
“It’s great to see everyone in person again” was the feeling at this year’s Curriculum Music Conference held at the Midlands Art Centre in Birmingham.
After many months of home-school and online learning, we want to help and support teachers in providing a safe, vibrant and active learning environment back in school – no screens needed! Our pInstruments are safe to use in schools and completely sustainable too. Zero carbon[...]
Ethan chose to play the trombone aged 7 when he and his family were in Australia. Since then his mum, Julie, has supported him on his musical journey, helping him by finding music lessons no less than three times so far! Here she shares with us why she continues to support him[...]