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Staff Profile: Nathan Harrow

Nathan Harrow

Music Teacher

Further to completing my PGCE in Goldsmith ColIege, London, I began my teaching career in Elliott School, Putney which has a reputation for producing many musical artists like Hot Chip, The Macabee's and The XX.  

During 2006, I spent my time travelling and developed my own interests in world music by collaborating with a number of musicians worldwide and collecting video and audio recordings of music and dance in countries like Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ethiopia, Malawi, India, China, Thailand and Indonesia.

After returning to the UK I was Head of Music in a new Academy in London for where I was committed to the organisation of ECA's and providing enrichment experiences for all students but as they say, "Once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote", so I volunteered in India as an ESL teacher, working with Tibetan refugees. This helped give me experience of teaching in a school outside of the UK setting to students with a range of language needs.

In 2010, I came to Thailand and moved into International music teaching.  I welcomed the challenges of providing education for all and especially those of motivating students both in and through music.

I became a music teacher at St Andrew's International School in 2017 as I knew a number of people here who spoke very positively about the inclusive nature of STA and its warm and vibrant community.  As a woodwind specialist and saxophone player it was great to learn that every student here is given a musical instrument which enabled me to teach to my strengths. 

STA's links with Julliard are very exciting and open up a wealth of opportunities for all our students.   I am particularly enthusiastic to see the employment of innovative teaching strategies to enliven the music curriculum and engage pupils who may find music challenging, as well as those for whom it is a joy.