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Megan Townsend


Music Teacher and Service Coordinator (Secondary)

Ms Townsend gained her Music degree at Bath Spa University,  then moved to London to complete her PGCE at Trinity College of Music.

After finishing my Music degree at Bath Spa University, I moved to London to complete my PGCE at Trinity College of Music. I then moved to Cheltenham to take up a position of Music and Singing teacher at a local school and after two years moved to a Music Teacher position in Surrey.

Since qualifying as a teacher I had always felt that I would like to work abroad and collaborate with international students and so decided to move to the UAE. I really enjoyed the experience of working in the UAE and saw that BIS Abu Dhabi were looking for a music teacher and had heard amazing things about the Music program here in collaboration with Juilliard!

As a classically trained singer, I have studied with mentors such as Isobel Buchanan and John Trelevan and I have been a member of a number of choirs, including the City of Bath Bach Choir, conducted by ex-King’s Singer Nigel Perrin. When I was at school I sang regularly with Bill Kenwright UK touring productions, was a chorister and attended the Eton Choral Course, where we recorded for BBC Radio 3 at Oxford University. I have always had a passion for a range of musical genres and musicology and played the medieval viol and Javanese Gamelan alongside my vocal studies at university. 

I am an avid gym goer and have recently been challenging myself with powerlifting moves, inspired by a competition that I watched in March. I have previously run a half marathon and obstacle races in the UK. I love to cook, entertain and experiment with different recipes from around the world. 

BIS Abu Dhabi is very forward thinking in its approach to education and provides a community for teachers to share their ideas. When visiting the school, the atmosphere was so supportive and students and teachers have an excellent relationship. The Juilliard programme is something that is particularly exciting for me as I am an advocate for the importance of the arts in education.