Jackie discovered a love of teaching when she started a percussion group in her childrens’ primary school. She also taught in local schools and worked for Sutton Music Service where she established a junior and senior percussion ensemble.
She spent 12 very happy and rewarding years teaching at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. Her pupils were successful in auditioning for the National Youth Orchestra and the BBC Young Musician Competition. Many have gone on to have successful performing careers in London and around the UK.
From 2005 – 2016 Jackie was Percussion Team Leader for Surrey Arts.
Her brief was to promote percussion throughout the county. She supported a team of approx 25 percussion and drum kit teachers. She devised a scheme for KS1 class teachers (1st Access Percussion) and for percussion teachers leading class instrumental lessons at KS2 (Wider Opportunities Scheme).
She established the Surrey County Percussion Ensemble which gave its first public performance in 2006 at the Royal Albert Hall.
Jackie relocated to Nottingham in early 2017. She taught at Loughborough Schools Foundation for two years but now focuses on her private teaching practice, and tutoring the percussion section at Nottingham Youth Training Orchestra.
In 2019 she set up Slick Sticks, a youth percussion ensemble which made its debut with the Radcliffe Ladies Choir for their Christmas concert in December 2019.