The Improvisational Brain – new article

Musicians and students are prone to a bit ranting as to whether or not the analogy with language acquisition is appropriate.

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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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Simon Purcell Gigs this week

Gigs this week… October 12th – Simon Purcell Quintet at Oliver’s Jazz Bar in Greenwich. October 14th – Simon Purcell Quintet at Leeds – Seven Arts. October 15th – Simon Purcell Quintet at Sheffield Jazz – Millenium Hall (plus pre-gig workshop at Sheffield University – click here if you’d like to attend)

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Serious about practice? Do we really want to improve?

It seems that my work is mainly about helping students practice effectively. There’s not much to say except that if we are really serious, why not find out more about it! Check out these indispensible web links for effective practice. 1) intentionalpractice.wordpress.com: Jonathan Harnum is a practicing musician (30+ years on trumpet, and others), and hasContinue reading “Serious about practice? Do we really want to improve?”

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