About Us

Teachers, Workshops, Tutor, Audio Recording & Choirs

Who are we?

We have over 40 years’ collective experience in primary music education, teaching and recruitment. Our personal approach and process delivers a truly unique and intuitive music service. We maintain successful relationships because we take the time to understand your needs as a teacher, and ethos and objectives of each individual school.

About Us

1st Note Education was founded in 2012 and has continued to thrive and develop due to reputation and recommendation. Focusing solely on primary music education puts us in a unique position enabling us to provide solutions for all primary school music teaching needs. Our teachers have successfully delivered curriculum music lessons to over 16,516 primary children‚ and counting!

Of course, placing candidates is important to us, but building long term relationships with our schools and teachers in order to understand the school culture and teachers‚ career objectives is just as important. We devote extra time getting to know teachers properly, so that we can understand what they really want from their career and offer them coaching and support throughout their placement. A combination of these relationship investments makes 1st Note Education unique.

Our Philosophy

We aim to be aspirational, and inspirational! We continually challenge the way in which we work to ensure we provide the highest quality music education services for all children.

Our prime focus is to support our teachers to be the best that they can be. We are committed to enabling our teachers to deliver outstanding music lessons, engage pupils and enhance motivation, confidence and learning skills which transfer across the entire curriculum.

We work together with schools to exceed expectations and continue to raise the level of service for our schools, our students and teachers alike.

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Meet the 1st Note Education Team

Gerry Savage

Business Development Manager

Gerrys’ early career was very much swings and roundabouts – working in sales and marketing for a construction company building playground and sports facilities across the UK, before moving into recruitment.

Having been responsible for the supply teacher department Gerry began to develop her recruitment skills, knowing that she could do better. She launched 1st Note Education who are specialists for primary music teaching recruitment.

Working with passion and enthusiasm to be the best we can be

Matt Hill

QTS Music Specialist Teacher, Trainer & Youth Worker

After completing a BEd in Primary education with music as a specialism, Matt spent several years working as a class teacher before specialising in Primary Music.

He is the go to person for all those teaching questions; dubbed king of the lesson plan Matt is on hand to guide our 1st Note Teachers and ensures we stay up to date with all the latest information.

Prior to teaching Matt worked as a youth worker where he taught sailing, kayaking, canoeing and rock climbing.

Jeff Lewis

Education Advisor, Coach & Trainer

Jeff is a former Hackney and Hertfordshire primary school Head Teacher. Jeff moved into professional learning and development, training, coaching and mentoring.

Jeff is a passionate, highly experienced, truly inspiring trainer and coach. His focus is on developing people (personally and professionally) to make a difference and to improve performance.

Jeff’s experience and knowledge makes him the very best person here at 1st Note to lead our training services, motivating and developing our teachers to fulfil their potential‚ with the resulting benefit for their school and themselves.

Hannah Ledwidge

Social Media & Marketing Manager

Hannah is a talented multi-instrumentalist, music producer & music teacher.  She has performed all over the UK including Wembley Stadium and the Jazz cafe.

Hannah taught classroom music for 1st Note for many years before taking on a more managerial role behind the scenes where she is now fundamental to the running of the business.

As well as having a musical background, Hannah has extensive experience of mentoring and runs focused sessions as well as music workshops.