Where are they now? Dolu Kazeem

Dolu ✌🏾

I first started teaching Dolu when he was aged four years old. At that age, Dolu was more interested in sitting under the piano stool than on it.

Maltesers to the rescue

We developed an understanding around Maltesers which helped sweeten Dolu’s lessons a great deal for us both!

“Hide and Seek”

One of our favourite games for learning keyboard geography was “hide and seek”. Lessons typically consisted of a series of short, focused activities, woven around actually playing the piano itself.

Dolu, the violinist

Sadly, I wasn’t able to continue with Dolu’s lessons and he subsequently developed an interest in the violin. So lovely to see him grown up and confident as he continues his pursuit of music.

Well done Dolu! So proud of you! πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ

Where are they now? Pat Hood: Trainer, Mentor, Friend

Pat Hood

In the year 2000, I took my first tentative steps into Music Education when I bought into an Early Year’s Music franchise in the UK.

I thought it would be good to catch up with some of the friends and families I met along the way to see how they are getting on, and find out what role music plays in their lives today, if any.

First stop is Pat Hood. Pat was assigned to be my trainer and mentor when I became a franchisee of an Early Years music company – Jo Jingles.

The relationship was only meant to last for the first few months during which she would offer support and advice on everything from crafting musically sound programmes to giving advice on business matters such as marketing, sales and finance.

However, in true characteristic form, Pat was incredibly generous with her support and remained a friendly ear that I could bend throughout my time in the UK.

Today, Pat is a treasured friend and source of inspiration as she takes her music wherever she goes, touching lives and bringing hope and light.

Even though she is now in “retirement” Pat continues to play an active role in the music scene of her local community and my ambition today remains as it was all those years ago – to be like Pat when I grow up.

Pat Hood – Trainer, Mentor and Friend