May 7

EP. 42 – 20 years in Spain, songwriting camps, student-led events & honouring all learning w/ Kerry Wickersham


Kerry Wickersham is an Apple Distinguished Educator and the Head of Music and CAS Coordinator at Sotogrande International School in Spain.

He has spent 20 years in Spain and has developed some incredible opportunities for his students. In fact, as you'll find out in this episode, many of these opportunities have been led by his students.

In this episode, we explore:

  • Kerry's background as a musician and music educator, including how a combination of his father's job as a pilot and the TES, gave him an initial introduction to international schools.
  • the songwriting camps at El Cañuelo that Kerry has been running for 16 years! Check out the links below.
  • the mega impact that the off-site songwriting camps have on the overall music program at Sotogrande International School.
  • how being at one school for 20 years has led to the establishment of some wonderful student-led initiatives.
  • Sotorox - the mega music event held at Kerry's school every 4 years. We also dig into the value of hosting an event every four years, instead of every year...a difficult concept for many international school owners/leaders to entertain! 😅
  • our mutual connection to the 'Coalition To Honour All Learning', a collaborative of hundreds of school & university leaders who are looking to make impactful change to the current state of school leaving certificates.

Please take a minute to check out the links below! Some amazing resources and inspiration for your events!


This episode is brought to you by AIM - the Australian Institute of Music. AIM is Australia's first, and only creative institute entirely dedicated to music. AIM has more than 50 years of experience in the industry, empowering over 6,000 artists, and teaching them the tools and knowledge to hone their skills and find their place in the music world.

We often get asked by international school music teachers for fantastic institutions for further study for students, especially in the wider Asian region. Instead of having students go to the US or UK to study Western music, many students are now opting for AIM due to timezone similarities and the epic lifestyle of cities like Melbourne and Sydney.

If you have students who are looking to study diploma, bachelor’s, or master’s degree courses in classical or contemporary music performance, composition, creative technology, musical theatre, or arts and entertainment management, then AIM is a brilliant option. You can find everything you need at

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