I have been teaching for 33 years. 19 in England, where I am from and now 14 in New Zealand, my second home. For 26 years I have been a Head of Department as often schools only have one music teacher so you are it. As Head or Director (different name, same pay!) of Music you end up doing the music for everything, choirs orchestra etc etc so things get very busy and the classes often get a poor look-in so. As a result, lots of extra time is given to coaching outside of class-time to get students up to speed. I am now in Wellington having been in London until 2003. I studied at Trinity College of Music in London and then took my teachers certificate as I have always wanted to teach. (I told my Grandma that I wanted to be a teacher after my first day at school, aged 4 1/2) I have my GTCL hons, which is my degree; my LTCL in piano teaching and my PGCE in secondary education. I wanted to study more but once you are on the treadmill it is hard to get off and get extra training. I am, however, a pianist and singer as well and spent many years touring the world with choirs in my free time and holidays. I feel that my wide experience of performing and teaching, as well as travel, will now be able to develop much more after this injection of new blood. Thank you so much for the opportunity.