Claudie Leary

My love of music began at a very early age. So much so, by the age of 8 I knew I wanted to be a music teacher. I started flute lessons in primary school and thoroughly enjoyed and immersed myself in playing.

As soon as my secondary school journey started I was introduced to the Wolverhampton Music Service, and joined the Concert Band. This led to me auditioning for the Wolverhampton Youth Wind Orchestra and the Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra, both of which were run by the Music Service. 

Four European tours later, and I can honestly say I would not have the confidence to be where I am now without all of the amazing experiences they offered (and still continue to offer) to the young people in their care.

These experiences inspired me to do a Music Degree at the University of Birmingham and go on to complete my PGCE in secondary music education, so I can continue to provide the same experiences that were offered to me during my school life. During this time, I was offering flute, clarinet and piano lessons privately and through a local music school.

I am now completing my NQT year across two secondary schools in Wolverhampton and am still in regular contact with the Wolverhampton Music Service. I am still really enjoying my musical journey and the opportunities I now have to inspire and motivate young people to pursue a career in music.