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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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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“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe”. H. G. Wells

“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe”, so said H. G. Wells. Is Education no longer a human right, or a visible symptom of a mature society? In the face of impending and stringent cuts in education (as well as all public services), it is worth remembering that many people continueContinue reading ““Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe”. H. G. Wells”

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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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