Rachel Phillips - St George, Bristol
I qualified as a teacher, having specialized in music, in 1978 and since then have always worked in Steiner Schools (a worldwide independent school movement). I have worked, mainly with the primary age range, as a class teacher for 14 years and also as a subject teacher of music, art, French and handwork. For 9 years, I lived in Hungary and worked in a Hungarian Steiner School. Most recently I was employed for 6 years as the music teacher at the Bristol Steiner School. I retired from this post in July 2016.
Music has always been my great love. As a child I studied piano to grade 8 and at college I took up the cello, which I very much loved, and reached a grade 6. I have also a lot of experience of recorder playing, (descant, treble and tenor) and have always greatly enjoyed singing with children. My time in Hungary also gave me the opportunity to explore some of the rich tradition of educational music as developed by Kodaly.
Since retiring from school teaching I have been following up a deep interest in singing and have recently completed a part time course on voice technique and vocal freedom with the “Tonalis” music foundation. As well as running Blackbird Early Years Music classes I will also be taking music into care homes as part of a new project run by Alive and RSVP, both local charities. I have just been appointed as the new musical director of a well-established local choir.