Meet Gareth Groves
Head of Performing
Arts ABC International School
The ABC International School is delighted to welcome you to this years FOBISIA Music Teachers Conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Over the course of the next three days you will all have the opportunity to try, share and experiment with new ideas, techniques and repertoire. We are delighted to welcome our two special guests from the UK, Lin Marsh and Shelly Ambury from SingUp as well as FOBISIA affiliated members Musical Futures International, Charanga, Dawsons Music and Drums for Schools. We are also grateful to our teacher presenters who have given up time to lead sessions. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank my colleagues for their work and support in making this conference a reality, especially Pippa Dakin, our Primary Music Teacher. I would also like to thank our Directors Ms Ha, Mr Bill, Mr Patrick and Mr Warren for supporting this event as well as providing us with such wonderful facilities across our three campuses.
Gareth Groves +84 (0)762 283160
Pullman Hotel (HCMC) -
148 Tran Hung Dao Boulevard,
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +84 (0)28 3838 8686
FV Hospital, D7
6 Nguyen Luong Bang St.
Saigon South (Phu My Hung),Dist.7, Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam
Tel: +84 028 5411 3333
Pippa Dakin +84 (0)938 540871
Family Medical, D1
34 Le Duan Street, District 1,
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +84 28 3822 7848
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Lin is a prolific composer and has written for BBC children’s progra- mmes for both television and radio. Her songbook series for secondary and primary schools Songscape and Junior Songscape are published by Faber Music along with many pieces in the Spotlight series. Lin works on many commissions for young people, composing both choral repertoire and music theatre pieces. She has also worked for the National Youth Music Theatre as a musical director for the production of Charlie in Buxton, Along Came Man, Song of the Earth and Brill- iant the Dinosaur in Edinburgh and The Ballad of Salomon Paveyat Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. As a voice specialist, Lin works throughout the country running courses for teachers on singing, performance and composing skills, and directs many choral festivals for all key stages, as well as present- ing and adjudicating festivals.
FOBISIA Affiliate Members
Madeleine Casson - Charanga
Madeleine Casson is Education Director at Charanga, the UK’s leading provider of music education technology and digital resources for schools. Madeleine is responsible for all areas of teaching and learning and the company’s exte- nsive CPD & Training programme. Madeleine also works nationally and internationally as a presenter, work- shop leader, music advisor, teacher and writer both on a freelance basis and for ABRSM. Before Charanga, Madeleine spent many years teaching in schools and leading Somerset Music Service before being appointed as Course Leader & Academic Lead for Trinity College London. Madeleine strongly believes in the positive benefits that music has on our lives and is an advocate for access to exciting and creative music making for everyone.
Anna Gower - Musical Futures
Anna worked for over 18 years as a classroom music teacher, Advanced Skills Teacher, Head of Department and most recently as Head of Comm- unity Music, running programmes to link primary and secondary stu- dents and teachers through music projects and events. Alongside this, as a freelance music education consu- ltant and in various roles for Musical Futures UK and Trinity College London, Anna has delivered keynote presentat- ions, workshops and supported the work of many organisations in the UK including Music Mark, ISME OMEA, SAME as well as working with Music Education Hubs across England. Now based between the UK and Thailand, Anna works as Head of Training and Development and is a member of the core delivery team for Musical Futures International, developing content, resources and shaping approaches to the learning and teaching of music in both class- room and instrumental contexts.
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The team is led by Director of Education, William Thompson, a former music teacher and advisor, who now specialises in the design and installation of Performing Arts and Music ICT suites.
Celia is an American musician, teacher, and ethnomusicologist with special interests in the musics of West Africa and Thailand. She is the Whole School Music Coordinator at St. Stephen's International School in Bangkok, and keeps an active performance schedule as a singer and French Horn player.
Will Hyland is Assistant Head of the Arts Faculty at Tanglin Trust School Singapore. He has a particular interest in Music Technology and has been developing the use of this across KS3-5 over a number of years. He also enjoys ensemble leading and conducting, running the Big Band and Senior Orchestra at Tanglin.
Steve is currently Head of Academic Music at Shrewsbury International School Bangkok. He focuses on developing innovative music programmes that are accessible to all students; integrating the learning approaches of popular musicians into the classroom.Steve also works with Musical Futures International on their curriculum design and development; he is an engaging presenter, regularly leading workshops and presenting at conferences worldwide. As an Apple Distinguished Educator, Steve provides hands-on training in digital pedagogy and strategy; advocating for the creative integration of technology in education. He is currently completing a Masters in Digital Education with the University of Edinburgh, recently creating #MFlearn19 a free online course for music educators.
Clay is the Performing Arts Coordinator, bringing together music, dance and drama at The British School in New Delhi. He is in his fifth year at TBS and teaches Upper Primary Music and the Choirs. Clay is an Orff-certified educator and is an enthusiastic practitioner of this exploration-based approach to music education. He is primarily a singer, but also has a penchant for the baroque recorder. In fact, his recorder collection recently grew tremendously with the addition of a contrabass instrument. The workshop that Clay is leading at the 2019 Conference is centred around improvisation as a daily exercise and solving problems with musical decisions.
Shelly has wide-ranging experience of music and music education in the UK that includes singing professionally and leading choirs of all ages. As a classroom teacher and Head of Department she taught music, music technology and performing arts with 11 to 18-year olds, she has worked in music education for over 20 years. As Head of Learning for Sing Up, she has extensive experience in developing music curricular and singing within schools, designing and delivering training for teachers. Shelly leads on the creation of Sing Up’s content which includes songs and teaching resources for Primary and Secondary schools.