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Hannah Stygal

Hannah Stygal

Music Specialist

I have always had a passion for music which has not only brought me joy and a sense of togetherness from a personal perspective, but I have been most fortunate to develop my interests into a professional career.

I studied the Bachelor of Education Music (Hons) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where I developed and expanded my skills whilst teaching music at Primary and Secondary schools throughout the West Coast. The course allowed me to continue developing my specialism in piano, but also gain experience of playing a variety of other instruments.

After graduating, I completed my probation year at Bearsden Academy in Glasgow, where I was nominated as Probationer of the Year. Subsequently, I was offered a permanent position at Bearsden Academy allowing me to continue teaching Music and Music Technology, and also introduce the Music for Wellbeing and Musical Theatre National Progression Awards. I was also a proactive member within the Music Department’s extra-curricular activities, establishing a Folk Group which competed at the Scottish School’s Pipe Band Championships for three consecutive years.

During my time at Bearsden Academy, I worked alongside the Wellbeing and Language and Communication Resource Department to provide Music for those with Additional Support Needs. Whilst teaching, I also furthered my professionalism by acting as an appointee for the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Outside of my professional career, I have enjoyed playing and performing clarinet within a variety of groups and bands in Glasgow, with the most recent being the City of Glasgow Wind Orchestra.

I see myself as a creative person and I love to demonstrate this through the medium of music and art. I have been a member of a local art club for a good part of my adult life which has afforded me the ability to meet people of diverse backgrounds with whom I have been able to share, practice, and enjoy expressing myself in a creative manner.

Keeping fit and healthy is also important to me and I do this through a range of sports including CrossFit, skiing, badminton, cycling, and sailing. In 2018, I achieved my Day Skipper license and skippered a boat across the Croatian islands. I also enjoy hillwalking and have conquered many hills, munros, and walks across Scotland, including the West Highland Way.

I am excited to be part of such a fantastic team at the British International School of Chicago (South Loop), and continuing my journey as a teacher. The school is somewhat unique in its approach and I admire the amazing learning experiences it provides for our young people.

Within the performing arts, I am extremely excited to be working in collaboration with The Juilliard School and be able to develop my skills further with one of the world’s most prestigious Conservatories. Their approach to maximize student learning and engagement within the performing arts is inspiring.

It is also an exciting prospect to join a global community and be able to connect and communicate with other teachers and students from all corners of the world. The school’s ability to empower the students’ global citizenship and raise awareness of many charities on a global level is truly inspiring.