Behind the scenes

Behind The Scenes

The Phoenix Collective would like to thank this wonderful group of people who are supporting our ventures by dealing with administration, social media, promotion and advertising and technical support.



I am a primary school music teacher working part time in a primary school in Suffolk. I have a music degree, performance diploma on the piano and a Kodály certificate of professional practice.

I aim to instil a love of Music into all of my pupils and through teaching following Kodály’s approach, I am convinced that quality music education should be and should be and can be available for all children.

My alter-ego is Harmony Angel - part of Cyrilla's Angels - a team of enthusiatic helpers working in the background on the Phoenix Collective courses online. As my alter-ego I lead a very different life; scuba diving, karate blackbelt and parkour champion and of course, speaking five different languages fluently!



With over 20 years of music teaching experience and stories to tell, I am passionate about bringing joy and happiness through music to children of all ages everywhere. 



I'm an instrumental teacher working in schools and privately, with ages 4 - adults.  I specialise in very young beginners.  I'm also the Musical Director of a community recorder ensemble.


My hero is Katalin Forrai, a pupil of Kodály’s and grandmother of all that is good in Early Years music education.



I'm a singer, choir conductor, solicitor and mum of 4. The Kodály technique and in particular Cyrilla's teaching has blown my mind as a musician and a leader of music. All children deserve an amazing musical education; here's hoping the Phoenix Collective can spread its magic far and wide.



BA (Hons). CPP and CPD (Kodály Music). RYA. BWY. Inspirer Yoga and Calm for Kids. 


As an Early Years/ Primary Musicianship Teacher and Yoga Instructor, I try to infuse elements of both into classroom learning and teaching. Feedback from my students has been extremely positive and they identify improvements to their wellbeing and self-regulation processes as some of the benefits of a daily yoga and music practice.



Liz has a BMus and an MA with a background in Contemporary and Community Music before her first Kodály course opened her ears over a decade ago!  

Since then she’s done several summer schools with the BKA, teaching whole class instrument methodology for them in 2013. Liz has visited Hungary for 2 study tours and completed HE3 Springboard  (Roehampton Uni &BKA) with a focus on primary music.


She’s run courses for music teachers across the Northwest and particularly enjoys working with children of any age to get them hearing music and to understand how they can transfer their knowledge to any instrument. Liz loves penguins and is a coffee addict.



Anne is a singing teacher and choir leader who discovered Kodály when looking for ways to teach a choir to read music.  She is always looking for new ways to incorporate musicianship into her singing lessons. A huge fan of the approach, she hopes that others will enjoy this way of doing things as much as she does.


Anne has had previous careers in both IT and Marketing, and feels that this has helped her immensely to navigate the world of Zoom.



Henrie’s Freeing the Musician Within business encompasses a peripatetic instrumental teaching practice alongside running workshops for students and teachers. Humorous and approachable, she will be monitoring your questions via the chat function online during study weekends.  Henrie lives with her two cats – JelliCat and Maori.



A Kodály enthusiast since 2007, Ben is delighted to be part of the crew facilitating this weekend’s sessions. When he is not making music, Ben can be found working as a full-time special needs coordinator in a large primary school. Ben spends his spare time trying to tame his growing collection of crumhorns.



Carole’s love of singing started as a young child and has taken her down diverse paths from singing in choirs, teaching music in primary schools, running nursery music sessions to leading the community choir in her village in Sussex. Carole believes sharing that love has been the greatest joy and privilege.  Away from music, Carole is the very proud owner of a most impressive dressing up box!

'How can you rise if you have not burned.'