Monica Wilkinson Mus B (Hons), PGCE, Licence in Dalcroze Eurhythmics
Born and bred in Edinburgh, music has always been an important part of my life. Having studied in Manchester for four years, I embarked on a career in music education, initially teaching privately and at a school in Norwich. A welcome move back to Edinburgh enabled me to work at St Mary’s Music School where I was a member of the string team, teaching, supervising practice and coaching chamber music. I particularly enjoyed running the popular Saturday Morning Classes from 1999 - 2003.
As Education Director with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, I was involved in innovative projects throughout Scotland with people aged 2-90. However, I missed the continuity of seeing people grow through music education, so in 2005 I realised a long-held ambition by embarking on training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the Royal Northern College of Music as part of the PGCE in Music with Specialist String Teaching. During my studies this short film about Karin Greenhead and Dalcroze was made for Teachers TV. I qualified as a teacher in 2007, and completed the Dalcroze Certificate in 2008. In September 2012, after 3 years of part-time study with Karin Greenhead, Director of Studies for Daclroze UK, and Jacqueline Vann (Dip Sup, Genève) I was awarded a Dalcroze Licence. This qualifies me to teach students up to Certificate level and beyond.
I currently combine teaching class music in four primary schools in the beautiful Scottish Borders and violin at home with teaching and promoting Dalcroze in a diverse range of settings. New for this session are the children's classes at St Mary's Music School on a Saturday morning. In recent years I have worked at Pro Corda, the International Chamber Music Academy, Heriot Watt University, City Halls in Glasgow, presented at the SAME conference, and run a weekend entitled Discover Dalcroze with the Music Centre at St Andrews University. Dalcroze work in 2014 includes teaching and examining at the Dalcroze Easter Course in Manchester 13-16 April, and Summer School in Canterbury 27 July - 2 August. I'm also teaching BMus. and Masters students at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, on the Making Music Module at The University of St Andrews, and workshops are planned in Dunbartonshire and at Lochaber Music School.