Dr Jane Todd is a qualified primary school teacher, who has taught for over 12 years. Her last post was Director of Music at a Prep School in the North East, teaching music from Nursery to Year 6 (3-11) and also Senior Teacher for Curriculum and Assessment. She has Grade 8 piano and Grade 8 violin and graduated from Durham University with a first class honours degree in music education, masters with distinction, and was awarded Doctor of Education in 2012. Jane's research focused on musical understanding and progression in the primary school. A key aim of Jane's research and thesis was making the findings relevant for practising teachers and applicable to the classroom situation rather than an academic work which bore no resemblance to daily teaching. This is still high on Jane's agenda, but now particularly pertaining to Early Years Practitioners.
Jane's research and twelve years teaching experience have informed her ethos and approach to music teaching. Her primary focus is on the development of children's musical understanding to ensure progression, and Jane has found that a Kodály informed approach to the curriculum delivered through aural and singing based activities provides a structure in which true progression can take place.
Jane is a member of the British Kodály Academy (BKA) and an active member of the UK Association for Music Education – Music Mark. She has presented her work at their National Symposium and Annual Conference and also published an article in their newsletter. Jane has worked part-time at Durham University leading the Secondary Music PGCE and now lectures at Newcastle University for the Music Department, leading their music education modules.
Jane has recently been involved with a project with One Point Children's Services. Jane was brought in to run a programme for ten nurseries to support speech and language development with 2 year olds. Jane has trained staff in the use of a musical approach to do this.