My name is Mrs Marie Price and I work as a Music Specialist at The Abbey Primary School in St Albans, and for the Herts Music Service teaching woodwind, recorder and choral singing. I am the Lead Teacher for website and for Music Medals.
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 have been teaching for Herts Music Service for 15 years but previously I have taught in primary schools as a class teacher and music coordinator, in a secondary school teaching music and in a middle school for seven years as Head of Special Needs, while also keeping up my music teaching out of school.
My job with Herts is varied – as well as woodwind I have taught piano, string groups, recorder, double bass, guitar as well as singing teaching and choirs. I manage the Music Service web site, train teachers for Music Medals and undertake various other management activities such as moderating other teachers’ teaching and contributing to training.
I also run two church choirs and I am Education and Training Officer for the Royal School of Church Music in the Herts and Beds area. I have taken around 550 pupils through grade exams from 1 to 8 with no fails in the last 25 years. About two thirds of my grade exam results are merits or distinctions, significantly above the average. I have entered over 200 for Music Medals all of whom have passed.
I would like to thank the parents of my pupils for all their support. All your children are lovely and I truly enjoy teaching them, which makes this is a very rewarding job!
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.”
About The Abbey School Carol Service 2012 –
“I thought it was outstanding, of such high quality with all the children involved
and a shining example of the school, staff and children, at its best. The quality of the children’s performances and singing was a perfect complement to the grandeur of the surroundings. The Abbey should be very proud of the children.
I think what impressed me most was how unassuming and natural the
children are when performing, and it was genuinely the whole school taking
part, not just the best musicians. It is clear that a lot of effort has gone
into the preparation of the children and organisation of the event for which
the staff must be thanked and in particular Mrs Price.”
“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
“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed all the musical content of the service. The three part singing was absolutely beautiful and the instrumental additions sounded lovely in the Abbey setting.”
Head of Instrumental and Vocal Teaching
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 onsiderable 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