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Diane Rivaud

Diane Rivaud embarked upon her musical career, studying violin at The Royal Welsh College of Music Drama, also gaining a diploma on piano. After working as a professional orchestral player she gained a PGCE in secondary music education. Today she continues to enjoy a varied career in music education and has never looked back.

After her first post at Queens College Taunton, the birth of her two daughters, numerous teaching positions in the primary and secondary sector, including a Head of Music position in a large secondary school, there followed teaching and management posts in Somerset County Council’s Music Service. Integrating instrumental /vocal and curriculum learning have always been fundamental to her all inclusive approach to music education.

In 2000 she was appointed Deputy Director for Somerset Music and remained in that post for 10 years, also acting as the South West Regional Coordinator for Musical Futures. This period included inspiring visits to Colombia with South West teachers and the British Council that gave insight into the El Sistema approach. Following two years as Interim Director of the Music Service, she departed to take up post as Head of Leicestershire and Leicester City Music Service in 2012, to develop a thriving hub working with 402 schools, bringing 30 active and commissioned partnerships into an exciting and eclectic mix.

Diane enjoys nothing more than working with partners and music education professionals, contributing to the bigger picture. This has included acting as a Music Service Evaluation Partner, sitting on the ACE Quality Sub Group and as one of two hubs piloting the ACE Peer Development Programme. Academically, she has had two papers accepted by ISME for their international conferences, gained her Masters in Education with a higher distinction, focusing on leadership and management, and received an award from the University of Plymouth for impact on professional practice.

Diane is a former Music Mark Trustee and today she is working as a consultant in music education.


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