The Voices Foundation was founded in 1993 by Susan Digby OBE, following the award of a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship which enabled her to visit Finland, Hungary, Canada and the USA to study methods of music education and choral training.
The main inspiration for The Voices Foundation was Susan Digby’s observation of the work of the renowned music educationalist Zoltan Kodaly in Hungary.
The Voices Foundation then engaged Michael Stocks, as Director of Curriculum and Training, who was primarily responsible for creating the methodology that we use and promote to this day. Michael continues in this role developing our methodology as well as devising and leading many of our Training courses. Michael also trains all our Advisory Teachers/Local Advisory Teachers and is responsible for the overall quality assurance of our work.
Since 1993 we have worked in hundreds of primary schools all over the country supporting teachers and providing direct benefits to thousands of children through our unique In-School Programme which trains every teacher in the school, to teach music with the same skills, confidence, and resource material that they have for all Foundation Subjects. Click here to read what the Headteachers and children say about our work.
The main aim is to leave behind a fully sustainable programme enabling all our schools to deliver the National Music Curriculum using their own staff.
This is achieved through a structured timetable of insets and in-class visits throughout an academic year and involves every teacher and classroom assistant in a school. For further information on the One Year In-School Programme click here.