Rachel was educated at Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera, during which time she studied piano with Brenda Llewellyn and violin with Morgan Lloyd regularly performing with the West Glamorgan Youth orchestra and choir.
Rachel continued her music studies at University College Cardiff under Professor Alun Hoddinott. After graduating from Cardiff, she completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at University College Aberystwyth and was invited to become a member of Gorsedd y Beirdd during the National Eisteddfod in Swansea.
Her teaching career began immediately including the post of Director of Music at Llandovery College and Head of Music at Birchgrove, Morriston and Glan y Mor comprehensive schools. During this time, Rachel began working for the Welsh Joint Education Committee gaining extensive experience as a visiting examiner.
She has performed, accompanied and adjudicated in various concerts, Eisteddfodau and examinations and continues to accompany numerous vocal and instrumental soloists as well as choirs.