Let’s say hello to Rachel, School Music Coordinator!
What’s your role at The Strings Club?
My job title is School Music Support Coordinator, which means that I’m overseeing the work The Strings Club does during the school term in primary schools. We’re already doing amazing work in schools, running sessions both during the school day and after school. It’s my job to coordinate between these schools and the teachers going into them, helping to make sure everything runs smoothly and supporting where I can. I’m also offering our work to schools that haven’t worked with us before, arranging free assemblies as a taster of what The Strings Club can offer (click here to book one!).
What attracted you to work with The Strings Club?
I’ve always been passionate about arts education and giving young people opportunities – I’ve volunteered with Girlguiding for the past decade and have also worked in museum education. Recently I’ve started working on an outreach project run by my local church, going into primary schools to run music workshops. I had my eye out for a role that allowed me to inspire children and young people in creative arts, but that also made really good use of my administrative skills. Working for The Strings Club seemed the perfect fit.
Are you a musician yourself?
Yes – or at least I was when I was younger! Music has been part of my life since I was three, when I first had a keyboard lesson. I had piano and cello lessons while I was at school, and I’ve recently started learning to play the church organ. I’ve always sung in choirs, moving into conducting and directing in the last couple of years.
What do you do when you’re not working?
If I’m not working or volunteering, I’m probably spending time with my dog Marble, out visiting a heritage site, or working my way through a good book.
Rachel is based at The Strings Club Head Office in Birmingham, and is always happy to speak to schools about how we can support them in the near future!