May 2018 New Discoveries

My apologies that with one thing and another, I never quite got round to writing a New Discoveries post for April, but nevertheless, here's a bumper edition for May! Graded…

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March 2018 New Discoveries

Here's my monthly round-up of new music, pieces and resources I discovered in March. Three Pieces for flute, oboe or clarinet and piano (Tim Knight) Published in 2000, I've only recently discovered these…

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The Exam-Life Balance

I'm aware that a number of students across the UK are now fast-approaching their GCSE, AS and A-Level summer exams. I know how important these exams are and how stressful…

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Conflicting Wavelengths

I’ve always been slightly alarmed by the attitudes which prevail when it comes to listening to classical music on the radio, especially when it comes to the two big national…

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February 2018 New Discoveries

Welcome to my selection of new music, resources and discoveries for February! Play: A psychological toolkit for optimal music performance (Ally and Greg Daubney) Written by Ally and Greg Daubney, and…

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Musical Connections

Take two notes. Play the two notes. Played like that, those two notes might seem unremarkable, but what if those notes had some connection? You see, the relationships we have,…

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January 2018 New Discoveries

Here are my three new discoveries from last month: a book, a CD and some music! The Piano Practice Physician's Handbook (Nicola Cantan) Many of you will know Nicola from…

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When I Grow Up?

Some of you may have seen this feature on BBC Breakfast today about 20,000 seven to 11-year-olds who'd been asked to draw pictures of the job they want to do…

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December 2017 New Discoveries

First of all, my I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year. There was no 'New Discoveries' post in November (sorry!), but here's some of…

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October 2017 New Discoveries

The Novello Guide to Sight-Singing (Ralph Allowed and Timothy Teague) I was initially a bit reluctant to purchase this book because to me, £20 for a relatively small book seems a…

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2018 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

David was shocked and overwhelmed to hear earlier this week, that he'd been nominated for the Musicians' Union Inspiration Award in the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence. It's a huge…

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