Bethan Jenkins

Contact Details

Gilfach, Bargoed, Mid Glam. CF81 8LJ Lewis School Pengam - Head of Music www.lsp.wales [email protected] 01443 873873

Certifications

  • DBS : Caerphilly
  • Registered as Self Employed (UTR)
  • Indemnity insurance
  • Network artist training
  • ACW Creative Agent trained
  • Arts Council Wales Practitioner

Art form capabilities

  • Music
    • Classical (music)
    • Community (music)
    • Electro
    • Experimental / Sonic
    • Folk / traditional (music)
    • Jazz (music)
    • Pop
    • Rock
  • Writing
    • Song writing

Languages spoken

  • English

Regions

  • Caerphilly

Overview

I am a trained music teacher and as a result I have been able to use my practical musical skills to develop music in and around our local community. As Head of Music at Lewis School Pengam, we have developed a strong working relationship with some of our feeder primaries and this has enabled us to build on music in our school community. We have been able to incorporate the BBC Ten Pieces Project as part of our Transition work which has led to Best Practice recognised by Estyn and recognition on the BBC Ten Pieces website. I was able to use my experience in teaching composition alongside my pupils ability as songwriters to lead this project to its success.

One of the particular strengths of pupils at Lewis School Pengam is composition. In the past few years, we have developed a Songwriting Programme with the help of Grammy Award Winning Songwriter, Amy Wadge. Pupils experience song composition in the classroom throughout all Key Stages as well as working with external bodies to enable them to record and produce the material to industry standard. This programme has been rolled out to include other secondary schools in the area with the support of Caerphilly Arts. Pupils have received further opportunity to write, record and produce songs during this programme.

As an educator, I am particularly interested in using digital tools to promote deeper learning and develop better skills in our young people. I have used this interest to drive our Lead Creative Schools Project based on Coding throughout the Arts. This was an ambitious project in which pupils, teachers and our practitioner have engaged to develop a real and robust scheme of work to mirror the Donaldson approach, which will be used as a transition tool.

External links

Lewis School Pengam Music Department Twitter Feed - www.twitter.com/LSP_Music

Lewis School Pengam Music Department Soundcloud - www.soundcloud.com/official-lsp-music

Lewis School Pengam Music Department YouTube - www.youtube.com/user/TheOfficialLSPMusic

Lewis School Pengam Facebook Page - www.facebook.com/Official-Lewis-School-Pengam-223628674314274/timeline