Paul Wilson is a singing leader and music educator of many years experience. His dedication to preserving, maintaining and creating music was recognised in 2002 with the award of an Honorary MA in Music Education by the University of Plymouth. Paul Wilson sits on the Music Manifesto Partnership and Advocacy Group, undertaking a variety of presenting, writing and campaigning tasks in a national context. He works closely with Sing Up, leads the delivery of Vocal Force in Devon, and is Music Director of Wren Music, which he founded with Marilyn Tucker in 1983.
Shan Graebe (nee Cowan) is a specialist Speech and Language Therapist. She has developed approaches to enable all learners to communicate using music and song which are both effective and fun. She has worked closely with Wren Music to develop and deliver the Nice Warm Socks resource. She is an experienced vocal coach and singing leader working in special schools, community settings, and one-to-one tuition. She has developed a uniquely accessible and friendly approach to singing as a multisensory activity.
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Wren Music is a Devon-based music and community arts education organisation which has a mission to inspire creativity and celebrate cultural identities. The charity has a commitment to lifelong learning in all its forms, and works with people of all ages in a variety of educational, social and health settings. It has a year-round programme of music development activities in schools and communities throughout Devon and beyond, involving over 30,000 participant sessions each year. Further information on the work of Wren Music is available at www.wrenmusic.co.uk
Through 25 years of practical experience, Wren Music has developed a complete framework for singing, designed to promote maximum enjoyment, linking voice-releasing techniques with methods of delivery, repertoire resources, model projects, vocal leader training, and the Seven Secrets of Successful Singing, developed by Paul Wilson. This is a highly useable and flexible system drawing on many different sources and theoretical perspectives, including Zoltan Kodaly, Natural Voice principles, Alexander Technique, etc, as well as best practice from the worlds of formal education and Community Music.