Creative Skills – Rachel Drury & Heather Armstrong – Starcatchers
Rachel Drury is a researcher and creative artist working predominantly in the field of music education and psychology. She specialises in music education for early years and for children with additional support needs and is currently Musician in Residence at Rachel House Children’s Hospice in Kinross. Rachel has devised and delivered a number of creative projects for national arts organisations such as Scottish Opera, Children’s Classic Concerts, and Starcatchers. Rachel is also the co-creator and composer of BabyO and creator and composer of SensoryO, two groundbreaking operas for infants aged between 6 and 36 months, for which she has received international acclaim. Both operas have toured internationally and, more recently, to the Royal Opera House, London. Rachel is a Lecturer in Learning and Teaching on the MEd and undergraduate programmes at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and delivers a variety of research lectures across the UK.
Rachel’s current research interests are centred around the non-musical impact of music with specific regard to health and wellbeing, and child development. Her doctoral thesis examined the impact of music on the language development of children between the ages of 4 and 6. Recent research projects include exploring the impact of of singing on the physical and mental wellbeing of people with cystic fibrosis; the experience of performing arts students in HE studying with a mental health disability; and creating theatre for an infant audience.