My name is Mrs Marie Price and I am a Primary Music Specialist, Choral Trainer and Woodwind Teacher. In the past I have been Music Subject Leader in five schools, most recently The Abbey School, St Albans. I was Senior Lead Teacher for Hertfordshire Music Service. I have directed a number of church choirs including Dunstable Priory Girls Choir, St Albans Cathedral Parish Singers and Junior Singers and am currently Director of Music at St Nicholas Harpenden.
I took a Music degree at Exeter University with clarinet as my main instrument, followed by a PGCE specialising in Primary Music. I qualified in 1987 but I was teaching woodwind and directing choirs for a number of years before that.
I am Area Chair for the Royal School of Church Music in the Herts and Beds area. I have taken hundreds of pupils through grade exams from 1 to 8 with no fails in the last 25 years. I teach music theory to grade 5 and aural for grade exams up to grade 8.
I am available to direct Junior Music Festivals and to arrange music for varied ensembles.
Feedback from courses and singing days:
From the Royal School of Church Music Regional Adviser for the South West – “Marie recently masterminded a Junior Voices Festival for the RSCM in Glastonbury. She worked with 230 children aged 8 to 11. Her ability to enthuse, stimulate and encourage is inspirational. Her chemistry with young people is outstanding. It was evidently clear how much the children were enjoying themselves – many of which were inexperienced singers. She is a fine musician with the rare ability to communicate with singers of all ages.”
From the Head of Wider Opportunities in Music, Herts Music Service –
“A huge thank you for rounding off the CPD morning with such a fantastic drumsticks lesson. It was very well received with outstanding feedback with comments such as – “refreshing idea – will work a treat”, “Great idea”, “excellent!” and “fantastic ideas -inspirational”.
From the Schools’ Music Association (Recorder Workshops) –
“We have enjoyed having you on the team for so many events and have seen the enjoyment and benefit you have given to the children over the years. You enjoy working with the young ones and your creative approach to teaching them has been great. However, seeing you work, on occasions, with some of the older ones has also been quite inspirational. We have had compliments
both from the children and parents about the enjoyment you have given.”
“Thank you for inviting Sing Up to your wonderful carol service this afternoon. I was really blown away by the level of dedication to singing that clearly runs through your
school from early years right up to year 6! I was thrilled to hear the children take on interesting and challenging arrangements of traditional carols with such seeming effortlessness, and to fill a cathedral of such size – quite a feat!
I can say on behalf of Sing Up that we’re very proud to have such
shining advocates championing our cause as The Abbey Primary School.”
Sing Up representative
Marie’s (presentation) was vibrant and full of enthusiasm and good ideas and you can see why she is so successful in what she does.
Marie Price’s talk was extremely informative and inspiring.
Marie Price’s enthusiastic and helpful presentation on the training of young people, which also had considerable relevance to the training of adult singers, was particularly effective. I welcomed the many useful tips.
Marie is an excellent teacher and she put her message over very well.
RSCM Regional Meeting – choir directors
Marie was fab. The teachers really enjoyed it and thought she was amazing.
A Head Teacher, Chorister Outreach
Marie was an excellent director for the occasion.
RSCM Area festal evensong – adult singer
It was a good day and it boosted my confidence in sight reading and I hope we do it again, all in all I thought it was a brilliant experience.
A Chorister, RSCM Area Youth Singers
My daughter attended the RSCM choral course at Bristol Cathedral this week. I’d like to say the most profound thank you to you – she absolutely loved it. From what we could see she managed perfectly with all the many different pieces of music required, especially in the Eucharist, and her discipline was excellent – thanks to your tuition no doubt. We are most grateful.
A Chorister parent