Gareth Withers has been teaching music to Coventry children for more than 20 years but has only recently been getting attention online due to his hilarious song parodies about working in the city’s primary schools.
The 43-year-old has worked in the region’s schools for two decades and his passion for music has inspired a generation of children.
But recently he has been using his talents to create music videos aimed at parents and colleagues in the hope of raising smiles during recent tough times.
Mr Withers told CoventryLive: “It’s been quite nice, people have been saying very kind things. I have worked in primary schools for 20 years, my main subject is music but it’s nice to do some lighter stuff.
“I really like doing the parodies, and they work really well if people know the song and you only have to change a few words.
“Particularly with Covid and everything that has been going on – but I’m one of the lucky ones – I lost some work but have managed to do a lot of online stuff to keep me going.”
One song sees Mr Withers parodying popular hits with words changed to reflect the challenges of working in schools.
I Hope You’re Not Talking About Roblox is a take on a track from the hugely popular Disney musical Hamilton.
Anyone with young children obsessed with the interactive online game will see the funny side.
His Gary Furlough track, Now That’s What I Call Being A Primary School Teacher is a medley which takes on some of pop music’s classic tracks to the theme of schools while gently poking fun at former Take That star Gary Barlow.
So, if you work in a school or have kids, subscribe to Mr Withers Youtube for a much needed smile.