Music for Education & Wellbeing podcast

Music for Education & Wellbeing Podcast: Advocating for music education – with Jimmy Rotheram, primary school music teacher

In this new podcast, Anita Holford, co-editor of Music Education Works, is talking with Jimmy Rotheram of Feversham Primary in Bradford. Jimmy is the teacher who was thrust into the spotlight to tell the story of how music contributed to transforming his school. He’s a great example of how one person with a mission and a story can get noticed and listened to – and can make a massive difference through music education advocacy.

Jimmy’s been interviewed on the BBC’s One Show, for a feature in The Guardian, and for lots of other radio, newspaper and online media. He’s also given evidence to a House of Lords inquiry on music education, run training for heads and teachers and given talks to music educators all over the UK.

We talk about:

  • Feversham Primary’s whole-school model for music education
    training for teachers and where to find it – including pedagogies such as Kodaly and Dalcroze
  • the myth that some young people aren’t musical or won’t be able to engage in music
  • Feversham Primary’s work with dyslexic children and their research with Katie Overy
  • the story behind the school and Jimmy’s rise to national and international fame
  • capitalising on media coverage for music education advocacy
  • and we finish with three pieces of advice for others who want to advocate for music education and campaign for change

You can access the podcast via a blog on our main website –

PODCAST [9] Advocating for music education – with Jimmy Rotheram, Primary School Music Teacher

or on iTunes or Spotify (search for Music for Education & Wellbeing).

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