Ross Garrod

CEO/Founder/Music Teacher

Practice Pal Music

Ross Garrod is the Founder and CEO of Practice Pal, a suite of dedicated software tools that transform how schools, teachers, parents, and students move through music education together. A guest principal percussionist with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a dedicated music teacher and international music examiner with Trinity College London, Ross entered the EdTech space to restore effective, enjoyable, and accessible music education to the heart of our schools. He is also an in-demand speaker and panellist, most recently sharing his expertise on "nurturing a culture of innovation" at AWS. When not working on Practice Pal, performing or teaching, Ross enjoys spending time with his wife and children and camping.


Future Transformation Zone

15 November 2022 | 13:30 - 13:50 | English | Music Education: The Missing Myelination Link

Out of all the subjects students dedicate countless hours to studying at school, which do you think boosts their IQ, memory, and problem-solving ability the most? Surely it must be English, Maths or Science? In reality, one of the best subjects for students’ developing brains is music! In this talk, Practice Pal Founder and CEO Ross Garrod will explore the neurological concept of myelination, and how learning a musical instrument from a young age can benefit students intellectually for the rest of their life. Additionally, Ross will discuss how Practice Pal is applying app-based technology to music education in a convenient and user-friendly way to offer a new level of professionalism in the way we organise, communicate and deliver music education. Practice Pal is a modern music education ecosystem for schools, teachers, parents and learners, and was recently named Bett Awards Innovator of the Year 2022.