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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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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Jeff Clyne RIP

The great British bass player Jeff Clyne passed away on November 18th at the age of 72. A key figure in British jazz for over 40 years (appearing on recordings such as Stan Tracey’s Under Milk Wood, Tubby Hayes’100% Proof and albums by Ian Carr’s Nucleus) Jeff was much loved for his kindness and gentleContinue reading “Jeff Clyne RIP”

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Second degrees: there’s no going back – article in the Guardian

New rules on second degrees make it too expensive for most people to have a career change – see Anne Wollenberg’s article in the Guardian (Tuesday 3 November 2009). The implications here are serious for music students). So much for lifelong learning!

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