Supporting singing, liturgy and spiritual & emotional
well-being through music.
I am a trained primary teacher with many years’ experience working in liturgy and song. I’m able to introduce songs and resources for school liturgies and collective worship, to facilitate training sessions with teachers, and lead group, class and whole school singing sessions.
Voice is my main instrument but I also use guitar, percussion, ukulele and backing tracks.
Before moving to Cumbria in 2013 I spent 5 years as a music specialist in two Catholic primary schools in London, which has given me valuable hands-on experience in all stages and in the variety of worship occasions throughout the school year.
I have delivered INSET days for teachers in Peterborough Anglican Diocese (2010) and Catholic teachers in Norwich (June 2013 and January 2014) on songs for worship in primary schools (and secondary).
In addition I’ve co-led two INSETs with Fischy Music (www.fischy.com) on the use of singing and its link to emotional literacy.
I have also worked on several Leavers Events for year 6, planning and leading the worship in Bath & Wells Diocese and a deanery within Chelmsford diocese.
I draw on resources from around the world, from Fischy Music, the Iona Community and more.
I’ve worked in schools with all ages from EYFS to secondary level – once leading singing with every year group in a Welsh secondary school in the space of 1 day! Phew!
Sing with the World
Edited by Alison Adam & John L. Bell. Published by GIA Publications Inc., USA. A collection of songs from around the world edited for use with children, with an accompanying CD. The songs are from 24 countries, with 23 of them being suitable for all ages worshipping together. Only 1 song in the collection is a children’s song. You’ll find upbeat praise songs, songs for prayer, for communion and a host of other occasions. There is an extensive topical /thematic index and notes on how to use each song.
Available from The Wild Goose Resource Group
From a headteacher:
As a school already enthusiastic about song and music, I was eager to develop our repertoire of songs for gathering, prayer and exiting collective worship. Alison came to work with us to share some new pieces, both in English and from around the world. The songs were quick, easy to learn pieces, with accompanying actions. We regularly use these songs now in our collective worship at Cartmel. It was incredible how easily they were retained by the children. They give us joyful entry to and exit from our worship and the songs leading into prayer offer a stillness and reflective quality. Alison was enthusiastic, very experienced at working with this age group and held a common passion for the act of worship within schools. Thank you for making a real difference to our worship Alison – we are looking forward to welcoming you to Cartmel again soon!
Rachel Battersby, Cartmel C of E Primary School. 2016.
From a secondary teacher & INSET organiser:
This is just the inspiration and confidence we need to try out new hymns in our churches and schools.
Alex Savage, Secondary teacher at INSET day in Norwich, Jan. 2014