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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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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Swinging in 7 is hard – Ronan’s point.

There’s a lot of hot air and conflicting opinion amongst jazz musicians and within the music colleges regarding playing and improvising in odd metres. At last there are some wise and measured thoughts in Ronan Guilfoyle’s excellent blog. Check out his recent post “Whatever Happened to Odd Metre Swing?“

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A healthly dose of dissonance – Garzone hits London

At long last, George Garzone has recently performed and led various masterclasses in London. Its great to hear the American masters of line, and in particular guys like Garzone and Liebman who challenge our tolerance of dissonance. Of course we have our own harmonic Merlins (check out Jean Toussaint’s harmonic concept, Julian Siegel, Phil Robson,Continue reading “A healthly dose of dissonance – Garzone hits London”

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