Inspiring the Next Generation: Terezija Štimec

Welcome to our weekly series where we highlight the great work that RBC alumni are doing in the field of music education.

Each week our guest will reveal insights such as what led them to do what they are currently doing, the projects they have been involved in since graduating, what inspires them on a daily basis, and what advice they would give to any music student considering working as a music educator in the future, whether full-time or as part of a rewarding portfolio career.

Episode 13: Terezija Štimec

Years studied 2017-2019
Course MA Musicology, PGCE
First study Musicology, Secondary Music Education

I am currently Head of Music at Leytonstone School, a comprehensive secondary school. My current responsibilities include planning and delivering the curriculum, ensuring the high quality of teaching and learning across music and instrumental lessons, assessment, leading music clubs and music ensembles. Some examples of the pupils’ performances can be seen on the Leytonstone Music Department page.

I hold an MA Degree in Musicology from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and PGCE Secondary Music from Birmingham City University. My main musicology research was on different types of feedback methods and the impact these methods have on music students. During my PGCE, I completed placements at two different settings: Holte School and King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys. At the end of my studies, I received the Jane Crawford Memorial Prize for my contributions during Music Teacher Training (PGCE).

During the summer of 2018, I worked at the Music Art Summer Camp in New Jersey, USA, as a Piano Instructor and Counsellor where I was required to look after and teach children aged 7-17 years. I supervised and guided the children, teaching them about piano music. I also prepared pupils for live performances and helped them to grow in self-esteem, develop resilience and make a contribution to their community. This experience taught me that if provided with the right opportunities and appropriate teaching, every pupil has the ability to play an instrument. Through learning to play an instrument, pupils also learn to be patient, resilient, hardworking, and kind citizens.

My musical journey began at Varaždin School of Music where I studied Music Theory and Piano. I developed an interest in Music Education during my studies at RBC and BCU as they provided me with a huge range of opportunities: modules and learning placements; learning about music education for different year groups and instruments; learning how music affects the mind, music therapy and much more. Teachers are eager to share their knowledge and help students to achieve their potential.

I truly believe that music can change people’s lives, and that music education is an important factor in improving society. Pupils that receive a good music education will learn about dedication and hard work, but also about compassion and empathy, which are important parts of a healthy society. Being able to contribute in a process of creating musical minds is a wonderful experience.

I would advise everyone to take the advantage of all the opportunities the University has to offer and keep learning about music education. The more skills a person has, the more people they can help, and through the right music education, this world can be a better place.

If you are one of RBC’s alumni and would like to take part in this feature, contact Interim Vice-Principal (Learning and Teaching) Luan ShawHead of Pedagogy Dr Adam Whittaker or Head of Learning and Participation Richard Shrewsbury.