Lead Technology Teachers for Secondary Schools
NICK HUGHES – Robert Smyth Academy
Nick has been teaching Music and Music Technology at the Robert Smyth Academy in Market Harborough for 15 years. In this time the Music and Music Technology A level results have yielded some of the best value added results in the region consistently year on year, with GCSE results never falling below 90% A*-C. He has examined on the A2 Music Technology practical paper for seven years and is now Principal Examiner for the AS Music Technology Composition paper at Edexcel. Nick has been involved with tours to China, Denmark, Prague, Paris and Barcelona, and has recorded and mixed two albums of the academy's award winning Jazz band and Soul band. He has previously been KS4 music coordinator and is currently Head of Faculty for the Performing Arts which includes music, dance and drama.
Nick has recorded many bands in many styles ranging from funk, rap, rock, metal and R'n'B. He has mixed many different styles too including re-mix work for local bands. His composition work lies in the electronica/dance/rock/soul genre and enjoys using 'samples' in his composition work. He also has experience in live work and has worked at festivals and venues up and down the country with a ten-piece funk band as well as his live work at Robert Smyth Academy at concerts and events.
Nick is currently studying for a Masters in Teaching and Learning at Birmingham City University and is focusing on exploring strategies for teaching composition to KS3, 4 and 5 students using DAWs. He enjoys exploring AfL using technology as well as new ways of assessing, marking and feeding back to students that is not laborious and time consuming, but yet also adds value to the students' education.
He is working on a project called 'Music Technology Education Provision and Progression' with Russ Hepworth-Sawyer from York St John University, and is involved with the 'EARS2' project from DeMontfort University alongside Brad Smith from Leicester-Shire Music Service.
CRAIG CUBITT – Ivanhoe College
Craig is Head of Performing Arts at Ivanhoe College in Ashby de la Zouch. At Ivanhoe College, year 8 and 9 students experience half of their curriculum taught through Music Technology on Cubase. Craig has setup and runs a Steinberg Music Technology Club, Turntablism Club, Parent and student composition club, and offers Music Production lessons.
Craig has been interested in Music Technology since he first heard Drum and Bass. Being a drummer, the fast and intricate beats amazed him and inspired Craig to create his own.
Craig studied music at GCSE and A-Level and then progressed on to focusing on Music Technology at Derby University. His main instrument is Drum Kit and he has a keen passion for Music Technology and Production. Craig enjoys playing live and he currently plays drums the covers band - Los Nerdos.
TIM CLAY – St Martin's Catholic Academy
Tim Clay is the Head of Performing Arts at Saint Martin's Catholic Academy. The Saint Martin's Music department now proudly owns four turntables (inspired by the turntablism unit taken in 2017) and is fast developing as the school has expanded in 2015 to include its first Year 11 students. The use of technology is essential to the department and Tim has integrated the school's Moodle site (web-based learning platform) into the Music curriculum and uses iPads daily to record student performances which provides an excellent tool when feeding back to students. Tim's background lies in composition and he plays guitar and piano. His musical interests range from metal to musical theatre and he can be found treading the boards at his local theatre in Hinckley – The Concordia Theatre.