Helen Goodwill - Musicianship & Upper Strings
Helen grew up in Angus, attending junior school at RSAMD (now RCS) before taking a Bachelor of Music and PhD from Edinburgh University. After almost twenty years living in the Highlands and Aberdeenshire, Helen is really enjoying working in Dundee and rediscovering places familiar from childhood. A musicianship and upper strings teacher for Big Noise, she believes passionately in the benefits that musical activities have on children's holistic development. Helen has two teenage boys and two cocker spaniels.
Darryl Claire Dick - Musician (Upper Strings)
Darryl's musical journey began at age nine when she began her violin lessons at school in Perth. This led to her studying violin performance at Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating in 2017 with a BMus Hons degree. Darryl studied under Susanne Stanzeliet and developed an avid passion for teaching, focusing her final year preparing for a career in teaching, attaining distinction in her pedagogy studies and receiving the Undergraduate Pedagogy Prize. Darryl specialises in the early years and has a passion for working with nursery and primary aged children. She is thrilled to be part of the new team at Big Noise Douglas and is excited to see what the future holds.
Kirsty Jones - Musician (Upper Strings)
Kirsty moved from rural France to join the Big Noise team in Dundee. She has played violin professionally in South Africa, France and Wales. As a violin teacher Kirsty was part of a team working with children in townships in South Africa. In Kenya she worked with a cellist to take music to children in remote villages. Whilst living in Wales Kirsty enjoyed teaching at the Junior department of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Loving working as part of a community Kirsty was also employed as a children's worker, working in Pontypridd. She led toddler groups, children's groups, after-school clubs and youth groups. Kirsty has 2 children, 3 goats, 5 hens, 2 guinea pigs, a cat and a rabbit.
Gordon Duncan - Musician (Upper Strings)
Gordon grew up in the East Neuk of Fife. He spent much of his childhood involved in musical activities from choirs to ceildhs to symphony orchestras. He went on to study violin performance with Tamas Fejes at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Gordon finds great fulfilment in working with children and has a broad range of teaching experience; peripatetic, community projects, directing ensembles and orchestras. He is delighted to join the Big Noise team and to get to know the Douglas community.
Jess Long - Musician (Upper Strings)
Jess started the viola aged 10 after falling in love with its sound. After moving to Scotland to study for an academic degree and finding she spent more time playing the viola than writing essays, she decided to pursue her passion at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she gained a PGDip. in viola performance studying with Jane Atkins.
Since then she has been teaching in a wide range of different settings including schools, her own private teaching and the community. She also freelances for groups across Scotland and enjoys playing chamber music. She believes music can really make a difference to life and she loves sharing her enthusiasm for string instruments!
Jess lives in the Fife countryside with her husband, her young son and their cat (who tolerates being chased around better than he tolerates the sound of her practising!) She is really excited to re-join the Big Noise Douglas team after her maternity leave.
Rebecca Minio-Paluello - Musician (Upper Strings)
Born in Germany, Rebecca started learning the violin in England and then continued to move back and forth between those countries, attending the Royal College of Music Junior Department in London and C.P.E. Bach Gymnasium, a music secondary school in Berlin, after which she moved back to the U.K., studying with Nick Miller, then Krysia Osostowicz and David Takeno while at Cambridge University, before moving back again to Germany to study with Helge Slaatto in Münster. Then at short notice, she broke the pattern and moved to Bethlehem, Palestine, teaching at the Edward Said Conservatory of Music for three years. Now she's back in the U.K., but new to Scotland, and curious to get to know Dundee! As a passionate music educator, Rebecca is committed to teasing out potential and sharing the transformative experience of music-making. She has recently been a Teaching Artist with the New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers project in Palestine, was a MusAid Fellow at the El Sistema programme in El Salvador, and is currently completing a Colourstrings Certification.
Jenni Harra - Musician (Lower Strings)
Originally from Finland, Jenni started playing the cello at the age of 6. In Tampere she learned the cello with several teachers (Pirjo-Riitta Toivakka, Tuula Tikkala, Lauri Voipio and Pauli Heikkinen). During her studies in Tampere University of Applied Sciences (Bachelor of Music in Music Pedagogy) Jenni spent some time learning Czech music and free improvisation in Brno, Czech Republic. In 2016 she obtained her diploma of Master of Arts in Music with distinction from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel where she studied under Viviane Spanoghe.
She believes that music is everyone’s birth right and works actively to make music education available for everyone. Jenni has been a part of Big Noise family since December 2016 when she joined the Torry team. She’s been working in the new Big Noise centre in Douglas since August 2017.