Born and educated in the Fair City of Perth, Scotland, Donna Minto has been a music specialist in Scottish schools for nearly forty years. Her career began in the early ‘80s in the Orkney Islands in the far north, where she taught both on the mainland of Orkney itself and on the smaller islands. She used to love the early morning flights on the small aircraft, occasionally having to be diverted on account of fog closing in and once having to land in a field whilst lying on her stomach in the luggage bay holding shut a door which had blown open!
Marriage took her to the Granite City, Aberdeen, in the North East of Scotland where she taught for many years, while also lecturing in Music in the University of Aberdeen’s Faculty of Education, where she was involved in the training of both primary and music specialist students. Donna currently teaches in a number of primary schools in Aberdeenshire.
Throughout her career teachers in schools have regularly approached Donna to request suggestions for songs relating to various projects their classes have been covering. Frequently finding a lack of relevant songs led Donna to begin composing her own. These were met with enormous enthusiasm by both pupils and teachers alike! Pressure from colleagues over time that these songs should be made available to a wider audience has led to the creation of Notable Songs by Donna and her husband Ken.
These song packs have therefore developed out of practical classroom experience. But, as the saying goes, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”, and so we have included comments sent to us by a number of our customers as we feel the best judges of the quality of the materials are those who actually make use of them! Click (testimonials) to read these comments.