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Staff Profiles: Alice Orton

Alice Orton

Head of Primary Music

I studied for my PGDE at the University of Edinburgh and taught in a primary school in Scotland before moving to Thailand. I have been teaching music at St Andrews International School Bangkok since 2010. During this time, I have had the opportunity to complete Kodaly Certificates, Levels 1 and 2, and this has made a significant difference to my music teaching practice.

I recently completed my Masters degree in Psychology of Music in Education through the University of Sheffield, UK and published my dissertation research in the Journal Music Education Research. In the Primary Music department we strive to foster a love of music in our students through our engaging and challenging lesson topics, performance opportunities and the variety of choices in our ECA programme. This provides the students with the tools to engage with music in whichever way they choose throughout their whole lives.

I enjoy playing the flute and accordion with friends around Bangkok and in different styles, from folk to classical. I sing with the Bangkok Music Society Choir which is a great way to meet people from all around the world. In my spare time, I rock climb and enjoy travelling to different climbing sites in Thailand. There is always lots of wildlife to see and nice clean country air.

St. Andrews International School Bangkok has a great community feel to it. Over the years it has grown and developed steadily, but it has always maintained a strong sense of community. Our students are fantastic and show great understanding for one another and their differences. This is always evident when we take our students on trips to attend TISAC and FOBISIA events and music festivals. They make us proud by being friendly, courteous and enthusiastic.



“Composing our song and getting the experience to experiment with new instruments was memorable, and gave us the opportunity to handle things on our own.”

“Music is always surprising and unexpected. We have had lots of opportunities to explore different types of music.”

“Being part of choir with Ms. Alice is fun. We learn lots of great songs and go on exciting trips to perform concerts with other students.”