I have taught children and adults from 5-19, mostly in schools and universities. From 1977-91 I taught music in three Secondary schools, before moving to La Sainte Union College, where I lectured in teacher education and, as part of the job, taught occasional music lessons in a Primary school. From 1997-2001 I lectured in universities three days per week, and taught Secondary school music on the other two days, before joining the University of Southampton on a full-time basis.
In addition to publishing in academic journals, I have published teaching materials for Cambridge University Press, Music Teacher magazine and the magazine of the National Association for Music Educators. For several years I edited Music in the Curriculum; a termly magazine for Primary teachers. My PhD, supervised by Helen Simons, was in Initial Teacher Education mentoring, and I was a member of the Comenius project, Mentoring in Teacher Education, which was funded by the European Union. This project allowed me to work with some very interesting people, outside my own country, and to travel to various exciting European conferences.
I subsequently became involved in educational action research and particularly on practitioner research in music education. I taught on a one-year project for educational advisers at the Education and Teacher Training Agency of Croatia (ETTA) and I also lead the Southampton Music Action Research Project (www.practitionerresearchinmusiceducation.org ). I believes strongly in the potential of practitioner research, not only to change practice, but also to generate useful research findings. In my personal life, I am happily married with two children and a granddaughter. I enjoy singing, composing music, walking and various church activities in my spare time.