Workshops and private tuition
Heidi Heidelberg's career as an educator involves projects engaging disaffected young people as much as schoolchildren for whom the Arts have been pushed to the very fringe of their education. With a first-class degree in modern languages from Edinburgh University, as well as studies in literature at Paris IV - La Sorbonne and Berlin Freie Universität, Heidelberg's artistic research as an interpreter focuses on the relationship between language and emotional expression. She also works with creative techniques to help young people struggling academically or emotionally to reengage in education. Her mentees have consistently returned to formal education or failing students have gone on to achieve extremely highly academically. As a therapist and vocal coach she has developed an educational model based on innovative vocal exercises and oral learning techniques that helps disaffected young people to build self-esteem.
A fervent believer in the central importance of the Arts in the curriculum she is also co-director of educational organisation Lotus Arts Box with whom she has developed a series of workshops which creatively engage primary school children in complex aspects of the curriculum. As one of the UK's very few female composers she also leads workshops in songwriting and composition, working a mentor empowering young women to express themselves through song and composition.