Rebecca Berkley is a freelance writer and musician, and is a music education consultant. She has taught percussion to students of all ages, both as a private teacher and as a workshop leader, and published percussion music. She is also a choral conductor, running several choirs and directing music festivals with her husband. After starting her career as a music teacher in secondary schools, she became a lecturer in music education at the University of Southampton and the Institute of Education, University of London. Her PhD thesis focused on how GCSE students learn to compose, and how best to teach them.