Victoria Jane Leith is a music practitioner of 25 years. She has worked in Africa, China, America and the UK, leading exciting, challenging and innovative music workshops and training for students and teachers in schools, communities, conferences and most recently in the EARCOS conference in South East Asia. Victoria is a qualified teacher (B.Ed Hons Language Arts) and offers a range of workshops for your school for both the students and your team of staff.
“My main aim for your school is to leave students and teachers with something that they can continue with afterwards for months to come, to progress with through the school year and to help make transformations for the whole school team, to get all students connecting with and engaging with music, whether it’s through singing, body percussion or ukulele.”
Victoria was born in England in 1974 and from an early age played a variety of instruments. Piano, percussion, guitar, vocals and ukulele are her main instruments.
“My father used to play Irish instruments such as the penny whistle and bodrhan drum. I was surrounded by music, listening to his collection of folk and rock records, singing in choirs and learning how to play the recorder and piano.
Later, I taught myself guitar and started composing when I was 9 years old. Through my teen years, singing and playing in groups helped me to focus at school and I discovered a love for harmonising and piano composition.
I have played bass guitar in a rock band, guitar, whistle and sang in a folk band and always written my own material and performed it from an early age. When I teach music to children what I am really doing is working with them to unleash what I believe is already within in. I would say that every child has a love for music but the teacher needs to find the way to facilitate that love!
I have worked with thousands of students over the world and time and time again, I have found from my personal research and experience that children love to move their bodies, that they experience joy when singing together and that actually, they love a challenge.
I have written hundreds of original songs and compositions and these include an ever-growing bank of songs for children based on virtues and the topics and themes that come up in the curriculum.