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Lead Practitioners for Secondary Schools

LEAH GOVIER - Secondary

Leah Govier has worked in Leicestershire as a music educator for 6 years and is currently the Head of Creative Arts at Castle Rock High School in Coalville. Leah studied Music at the University of Nottingham before completing her PGCE at Trinity College of Music where she specialised in Singing.

Leah oversees Castle Rock's 'Music Maestros' scheme, which provides all students in year 8 and 9 the opportunity to learn and own an instrument for free. The programme offers the students any instrument from the following: Trombone, Trumpet, Euphonium, Cornet, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drum Kit/Percussion.

The students learn their instruments through weekly workshops on Mondays after school. These workshops are facilitated by staff from Leicestershire Schools Music Service and private peripatetic instrumental tutors. As students enter Year 9, they are offered the opportunity to continue their instrument lessons and to be part of a school orchestra. At the end of each academic year the students perform at De Montfort Hall as part of a large orchestra.

'Music Maestros' was shortlisted for the 'Best Musical Initiative 2016' in the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence as well being selected to work with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the BBC Ten Pieces coaching scheme.

Leah is also a Musical Futures Champion Teacher. This role includes product testing and writing case studies, contributing to conferences, writing guest blogs for Musical Futures and becoming part of the Musical Futures delivery team when needed. In this role, Leah has led training sessions for PGCE students, led Musical Futures online CPD and worked closely with Trinity College London to develop their Rock and Pop Syllabus.

Leah is more than happy to accommodate visits to Castle Rock High School from music practitioners, to see the music department in action. Please email lgovier@castlerock.leics.sch.uk if you would like to visit.

KATE PHIPPS - Secondary

Kate Phipps has worked in Leicestershire as a music educator for 13 years in both primary and secondary schools in the county. She is currently the Head of Performing Arts at Gartree High School and has worked in a music co-ordinator capacity at The Hall School in Glenfield. She studied Music with English at the University of Huddersfield, playing for acclaimed brass bands during her time studying there.

Kate has been involved in music research projects in developing music technology resources for a musical virtual learning environment with Dr Motje Wolfe at De Montfort University, which enabled students to experience creating music on a virtual learning environment called 'Ears 2.'

Kate has written schemes of learning for the Leicestershire Schools Music Service and has presented at the Music teachers conference about effective use of Pupil Premium funding in music.

Kate runs an in house 'Rock School Project' at Gartree which currently sees over 120 students a week taking guitar, drumkit, piano or vocal lessons. Students are given the opportunity to form bands and students are given the opportunity to experience recording music at a local industry standard recording studio.

Kate is involved with the Learning South Leicestershire music group, providing performance and collaboration opportunities to local schools throughout the school year. She has written for the Music Mark Blog in her role as an Specialist Leader of Education.

Kate is more than happy to accommodate visits to Gartree from music practitioners, to see the music department in action. Please email kphipps@gartree.leics.sch.uk if you would like to visit.