Andrew S. Coxon gained a joint Honours Degree in Music and English from York University before going on to Leeds University to complete a PGCE qualification. At York, the Professor of Music was Wilfrid Mellers, an inspiring teacher and renowned author and composer. At Leeds, the Education department was led by Jack Pilgrim, another motivating figure. He went on to complete a further degree through the Open University, studying Music and Education.
He was a Music Teacher for 45 years, all in senior schools and teaching from ages 11 – 18 during that time, Practical involvement in musical productions and running a wide range of music groups was always an important part of his work in schools and he has arranged most of the music performed by the various orchestras, bands, choirs and folk groups he has run over these years. As a classroom teacher, he actively encouraged the use of technology within music performance and composition.
He is a composer and arranger for a wide range of ensembles, from individual instrument and piano through small ensembles to choirs, Orchestras, as well as full Concert / Wind and Brass Bands. It is intended that an ever-increasing selection of these works, as well as projects and worksheets for KS3, KS4 / GCSE and GCE, will be made available through this website. He worked for over 40 years as an examiner and moderator for a major Examination Board, just recently retiring. He also wrote and published various books and Listening Tests, mostly for GCSE Music.
He now lives in Cumbria, where he taught part-time for the final eleven years of his 45-year career. His longest teaching period in one school was in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where he was Head of Music for 22 years.