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Debbie graduated from the University of Strathclyde and Jordanhill College of Education and began her career as a science teacher, teaching first in Scotland then Auckland New Zealand, before relocating to Cheshire. She has always been musical, learning piano from the age of 7 then adding clarinet and saxophone once at high school. She also taught herself the guitar so that she could accompany herself, meaning she could become integral to the musical life of each school she taught in.
In her last post, Debbie was asked to teach ‘a little bit of music’ during a maternity leave. This grew to the point where she was teaching KS3 and GCSE Music as well as Science, scoring for the orchestra, teaching music theory, running vocal groups, as well as being the primary school liaison for music.
As the parent of Music for Life children since 2003, Debbie had always said that if she ever left teaching, it would have to be for a company like Music for Life.
“Music for Life has provided such fantastic opportunities for my children and has helped inspire them all to continue with music, with 2 of the 4 currently studying music at university and the youngest considering it too. As a parent and as a teacher I have seen first-hand how young people and music is firmly at the centre of everything that Music for Life does and I feel excited to be a part of that.”