Generally these speak for themselves.
This project was an incredible opportunity for the children in P4. I felt it was a good age to target and pupils thoroughly enjoyed the sessions each week. It was even described as the “highlight of the week!”. Paul was excellent with the pupils and pupils were fully engaged with the learning at all times. I picked up a few teaching tips myself which was great Professional Learning for me also. I have a lot of boys in my class and to have a drummer come in each week was brilliant for them and they thought he was brilliant. Pupils were even able to use the skills learned in sessions with Paul at the school Christmas Show so pupils had the experience of transferring skills. I really hope Paul will be able to come back next year and do the same with Primary 4’s. A fantastic experience all round. Thank you!
Dora, Teacher Elmvale Primary, Dec 2017
Paul reeks of integrity, spirit, and the passion to share his bliss while serving his community in every rhythmical way possible. He has supported me in my Drum Circle facilitator training’s for years all throughout the UK and has moved from being my student to my mentor and he is now my counselor, friend and peer. I would like to be like him someday if I ever grow up.
My first encounter with Paul was in 2004 and recognized immediately an outstanding rhythm event facilitator, he is enthusiastic and has the most generous spirit, he gives 100% commitment to an event and will energize the spirit of everyone who attends. The art and skill of every good facilitator is to enable a group to attain community and share their collective spirit, Paul Dear can do that and much more.
The pupils gained so much from the project in terms of musical development but also spiritual, cultural and social education. Watching the performance was an experience which demonstrated clearly what real education is all about: enjoyment and achievement for all. It was simply outstanding.
Andy Taylor, Head, Cliffe Hill
Paul is an intuitive and imaginative teacher and facilitator and an excellent drummer. He has a talent for tuning his facilitation to the needs and moods of each group and to encourage others to bring out and believe in their own creativity and unique style. He has real passion for his art, believes in the power of communities and cooperation and keeps open himself to learning and changing. And his drum circles are fun!
Paul is simply one of the best rhythm facilitators I know – whether that’s traditional, or improvisational. He has a keen sense of a group and its potential, and can help them reach it to the highest of their abilities.
Dr Jane Bentley.
I count myself to be very lucky to know Paul and see him work. He has been a constant source of encouragement and expertise to me personally and also to the world of drumming. His work is always of the highest standard and he is an inspiration to see working with audiences of all ages.
Paul has the ability to take care of people, with presence, sincerity and always offering creative challenges. He is able to share his understandings with clarity and humour, he is reliable and a good mentor, able to communicate heart-to-heart both on human and technical level. As I saw him working, he is a solid support for logistics in group organization, being present to the needs both of the teacher and the students. His qualities are also remarkable and identifiable in his way of drumming: he is steady, always supportive, ready to show new rhythmical opportunities by sharing great solos and giving spark to new creative “musical environments”. As Drum Circle facilitator he is always an example for me, by his clarity in body language, creativity in delivering sequences, ability to serve the group while facilitating. I strongly recommend his contribution for anyone who looks for improvement in a group’s synergy, creativity, relationship and communication.
Harshil Fillipo Chiostri
Rhythmbridge is brilliant for developing young children’s early listening, speaking, social, reading, musical and drama skills; an all encompassing effective learning experience for all.
A really big thanks for all your work with us. The children absolutely loved it and asked if they’d be drumming again for several weeks afterwards.
Michelle Tate, Head of Early Years Unit