Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook

Hi everyone, i'm an instrumental teacher who happens to also have a day job at ABRSM. I'm responsible for day to day management of this course and I look forward to meeting you!

Location London

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  • Nice to see you here @BarbaraDownie glad you enjoyed the webinar!

  • Ultimately aiming for learners to be curious, to be independent of needing a teacher. Learning to have the skills to explore without direction, so that they can continue to enjoy the subject area for years to come.

  • Hi @NicolaMartin, also living in Leicestershire at the moment! Hope you enjoy the course :)

  • what type of manager would i like to be? someone who looks out for potential opportunities for all of my team to grow as individuals and bond as a team, someone who deals with issues as they happen, not to let them grow into bigger problems, and someone who can find ways to measure success in creative jobs.

  • I think we can sometimes underestimate the importance of social time with our colleagues or building relationships, but we can be creative in finding ways for this to continue remotely!

  • Why am I interested in remote working?
    Increasing my own productivity, no commute, no travel costs, more leisure time, peace and quiet and to help reduce overhead costs that my organisation covers.

    What particular challenge could remote working solve for me?
    I'm trying to get on the property ladder, but with my job in London, that is very unlikely to...

  • Hi, I'm Rachel from the UK and I work for a music education organisation based in London. I am looking hints and tips to develop my skills working remotely, especially regarding communication. I'm a musician and teacher in my spare time. Looking forward to getting started!

  • Hi @RobertNoonan This website will give you more info on how to use FutureLearn https://www.futurelearn.com/using-futurelearn

  • Hi @MatthewAgba you'll find more information here: https://www.futurelearn.com/using-futurelearn

  • Here's the link to the YouTube playlist mentioned in the article. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs1k4A6rFuzXNGRV1myYLDh4juov_4guH

  • @EsterM thank you for your really lovely comment, would you mind if we used it anonymously for course publicity?

  • @KateF-S thank you for your really lovely comment, would you mind if we used it anonymously for course publicity?

  • @Sherrill-AnnWilmot thank you for your really lovely comment, would you mind if we used it anonymously for course publicity?

  • @GeorgeKontoprias thank you for your really lovely comment, would you mind if we used it anonymously for course publicity?

  • @ReubenTrotter thank you for your really lovely comment, would you mind if we used it anonymously for course publicity?

  • @BernadetteMason thank you for your really lovely comment, would you mind if we used it anonymously for course publicity?

  • @SophieCharlotteZeiher Yes absolutely, we are just in the process of confirming dates, so do keep your eyes peeled on the FL site.

  • @SandieBarker thank you for your really lovely comment, would you mind if we used it anonymously for course publicity?

  • @petersonwaswa you might be interested in this: www.abrsm.org/onyourmarks

  • I've enjoyed reading all of your comments this week. I'd be very interested in reading comments from teachers who specify the number of hours practice required in their contracts and how do they manage it? Would anyone like to share their experience of this?

  • Hi Sally, yes that's right, you can edit your own posts but not other people's. You can flag them if you need to report them for mis-use.
    We are now a community of over 8500 people enrolled!

  • Thanks for all of the fantastic, honest responses here, keep them coming! If you see a message where you feel you could give some advice, please do. And if you are also struggling with the same problem as someone else, let them know. Teaching can be isolating, so let's create a good, supportive network here. :)

  • Hi @JenniferDavies I think if you have the room and the resources, why not! Would be great to have a 2nd instrument in the room for advanced repertoire.

  • @ClaireA i'm sure many teachers here are in the same situation. In fact I've taught students who are clearly there because their parents want them to learn the piano/violin. Sometimes you can win them over, and sometimes you can't. I think we just have to be ok with that. I'd be interested in reading others' views on this.

  • Hi @MelanieG don't worry, no sharing required!

  • Hi @RamenClothilde you don't need to post the film, it's only for you to reflect on. Complete your lessons in any language you wish!

  • Hi @WanRongPeng The film will only be seen by you, you won't be sharing the film with others, so teach in whatever language you wish!

  • Hi @AnneMackie When I did this exercise myself, I chose a student that's quite average, not the best, not the worst. Hope that helps!

  • Hi @LesleyMathison, if you upgrade, you can get a statement of completion. More info available here: https://about.futurelearn.com/about/faq?category=certificates-and-statements

  • We understand that sometimes it's not going to be possible to video your lessons. There are lots of types of evaluation you can do, which will still be valuable, for example video, audio, peer review, or a written account. Don't worry, it isn't essential to video your students to continue with this course!
    As this is a free course, we aren't able to receive...

  • @MhairiMiddleton good spot! I’ll get this sorted tomorrow!
    Thank you!

  • Hi Lucinda. Not at the moment, but you may wish to make separate notes so that you don’t have to print it. You can access the pdfs at any time during the course so you can always go back and refer to them later.

  • @AdeleWills thanks for sharing! Happy to see the word ‘pace’ in here. We can often be under external pressures to move at a pace we aren’t comfortable with. How do you communicate your philosophy to parents and pupils?

  • Hi @AlisonMcAusland thats great to read. The invention of adapted instruments has made music education possible for so many that perhaps wouldn’t have been able to access it. With your 4 points, how do you ensure that every lesson includes these? Do you check in regularly and recalibrate if one begins to overpower the rest?

  • @SallyAnneWastney that’s great. Can I ask, how do you ensure that every lesson is ultimately guided by your philosophy?