“Inspiring the next generation is the most fulfilling job you could do”
From generation to generation, Anna Mulford, 24, has followed in the footsteps of her parents and grandparents in becoming a Teacher. Anna wanted to become a Teacher for as long as she could remember and after having an inspiring experience of music in school, Anna developed a passion for Music Teaching.
Following her dream, after completing secondary school, Anna decided to combine her love for music and teaching by undertaking a Music Education Degree at Aberdeen University which allowed her to do both at the same time - which is the only University in Scotland which allows you to do this.
When Anna was younger, she undertook various activities with children to know for sure if teaching was the right career path for her. Anna helped at holiday clubs, youth events and was also a young leader in Guides – all making her stand out from the crowd in her interview at Aberdeen University. Anna said,
“If you are wanting to become a teacher work experience is key! You have to gain as much experience with young children and teenagers as possible, as this is what will increase your chances of becoming a teacher.”
In Anna's probation year, she moved to the Moray area as her placement was at Elgin Academy. She said,
“I worked with a great team at Elgin Academy - they gave me so many opportunities and supported me to succeed. I’m very pleased that I was allocated to Moray for my probationary year as the communities in which Moray schools sit and the young people themselves are so different to what I experienced in Aberdeen - where I had my previous placements. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, with a great community spirit!”
Once Anna completed her probationary year, she then applied and was successfully appointed to the position of Music Teacher at Lossiemouth High School. Two years on, Anna is still teaching at the school and is loving every moment. Anna said,
“Since I’ve been here for a while I’m really starting to see my pupils develop so I’m excited to stay here and watch the pupils progress even more. The most rewarding thing about my job is seeing my pupils perform in school concerts after seeing them practicing repeatedly in class to make sure they're perfect. The buzz in the school on concert day is amazing! Seeing the young people in a different light, managing their nervous energy makes me feel proud of them.
Teaching in Moray has opened up so many more opportunities than I would have had teaching elsewhere. Teaching in a school next to RAF Lossiemouth gave me the opportunity to write a song with my pupils for RAF100 and this opened the door to a year of performing our song to a variety of audiences across the UK. I was also successful in being appointed as Acting Principal Teacher of Music in Milne’s High School for 10 weeks, an experience that was only possible due to teaching in Moray.“
To find out more about the Music Education Degree at Aberdeen university please click on the following link: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/degree programmes/804/XW13/music-education/.