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In Conversation with Mark Aitchison, Head of Music 

Tell me about your background as a music teacher – where you started from and what brought you to Droitwich Spa High School?

Following a degree at Cardiff University, and teacher training at the University of Wales Institute, I taught at several schools. Then I came out of the classroom and taught as a peripatetic for a while. In 2011 I started doing one day a week at All Saints Academy, Cheltenham and that built up to full time. Then I progressed to become Head of Music at Droitwich Spa High School in 2018.
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"I can wholeheartedly recommend the MusicFirst program. I’ve seen the change that it’s brought in our students. I’ve seen so much greater motivation as a result of being able to engage in music outside the classroom, at home, as independent students, as musicians. The fact that we’re giving students now the tools to be musicians is such a powerful message that we can send them.”
Simon Toyne
Simon Toyne - Executive Director of Music
David Ross Education Trust
East Midlands, UK
"During my time at the University of Birmingham School, the opportunity to facilitate regular pupil practice
of listening, as well as key theory skills, in a way which was manageable in terms of workload had a significant positive impact on pupil progress.”
Annie Arguropulo-Palmer
Annie Arguropulo-Palmer, Former Subject Leader for Music
University of Birmingham School
Birmingham, UK