Director and Primary Schools Consultant and Specialist
Sussex Music School is directed by Alexandra Dalton, who has a wealth of experience as a music educator.
Originally trained as a classical violinist and pianist, after a music degree Alex studied violin and teaching at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Alex’s playing career ranges from orchestral work to her gypsy jazz swing band. She has taught violin, piano and curriculum music to children aged between 4-19 for 24 years and has also worked with London Ballet schools, Birmingham Conservetoire, Northampton University Drama department, the Yehudi Menuhin School and postgraduate students in Berkshire and Sussex amongst others.
After training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics (music through movement) in Geneva, Alex delivered workshops at the NAME National conference for two consecutive years (now MusicMark). Alex has supported numerous music services in the sphere of music and movement and creative music teaching for many years, becoming well known as a workshop and INSET leader across the country. Before starting Sussex Music School was South East trainer for the Trinity/OU CPD course for KS2 music and has worked with charity ‘Creative Futures’ in conjunction with the Institute of Education to run a project to research the benefits of arts provision on disadvantaged children.
Alex worked as lead advisory teacher and consultant in Primary Music for East Sussex Music Service for 10 years, during which time she developed the Hub’s Singing strategy and was at the forefront of the First Access (whole class instrumental) project. She provided Curriculum support and training for 150 local schools and designed and ran music programs for younger children in music centres and nurseries.
Alex has two children and enjoys walking, swimming and climbing. She tries to grow her own vegetables, with varying degrees of success.