Jazz Summer Schools

Yes, its about to start, another “silly season”, the Jazz Summer School season. Actually, many of us feel that this is a special and immensely valuable time for aspiring musicians to immerse themselves and experience the music in a concentrated fashion. It is my understanding that great British composers of the mid-twentieth century such asContinue reading “Jazz Summer Schools”

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The Silly Season (not the football season)

Footballer X has refused a £50,000-a-week salary plus a bonus payment of £500,000. Footballer Y is reputed to earn £250,000 a week. The teaching budget for all Arts and Humanities subjects within the University Sector is cut by 100%. I wonder who practices more, footballers or violinists, goalkeepers or pianists. No contest if England’s recentContinue reading “The Silly Season (not the football season)”

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The Curriculum – all that is taught and learnt…

The Curriculum – all that is taught and learnt… Core and hidden… Planned and received… Formal and informal…   Can we have an informed debate please? We find ourselves in an historic time when education is about to the redefined by the course of political determination, we would be well advised to be mindful ofContinue reading “The Curriculum – all that is taught and learnt…”

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University College Union comment on national demonstration against education cuts

Commenting on the national demonstration against education cuts, UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: ‘The actions of a mindless and totally unrepresentative minority should not distract from today’s message. The overwhelming majority of staff and students on the march came here to send a clear and peaceful message to the politicians.’ Historic demonstration against CutsContinue reading “University College Union comment on national demonstration against education cuts”

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Robert Duke – Why students don’t learn what we think we teach

I was fortunate enough to find this marvellous video at howtopractice.com (great resource) today. Robert Duke is Professor in Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas. This video/lecture could not be more important to all educators and all learners – click here if the video is not visible (and thank you to Cornell University forContinue reading “Robert Duke – Why students don’t learn what we think we teach”

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