Janice Richards, currently Head of Performing Arts/Music at Penarth’s Stanwell School, tells us about a successful career in music education…
I have recommended the School of Music to a number of my pupils. For me, the balance between practical and academia is important, and the department is so well placed in Cardiff, an increasingly vibrant city, with all its superb facilities for making music and attending concerts.
I have many lovely memories - learning so much in my piano lessons and singing lessons, the concerts with all the main groups and chamber choirs etc. Being part of a large intake of young musicians and making so many friends and contacts; being part of the opera group (I particularly remember Dido and Aeneas!) and many a good night in the Woodville pub...!
I went to study a PGCE - still in Cardiff - in order to qualify as a Teacher of Music. Once that was completed, I obtained my first job at Radyr Comprehensive school teaching mainly Music but with a little Drama and History.
After two years, I was appointed Head of Music in Mary Immaculate Catholic School. After about 7 years (I think - it was so long ago!!) I was appointed Head of Music at the newly formed St Davids Sixth Form Catholic College; for a year I ran both these departments. Thereafter I became full time at the sixth form college. My final move about 22 years ago (!) was to Stanwell School in Penarth - where I am still Head of Performing Arts / Music.
Describe the School in three words?
Supportive, Friendly, Inspirational.