“Where’s my Walkman?”

Today, one of my pupils posed an interesting, and somewhat unexpected question: What music did you listen to when you were my age? I was stumped. The awful thing is,…

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June 2018 New Discoveries

The More The Merrier! 13 duets for 4-hand piano & everybody else... (Barbara Arens) Perhaps the most effective publications on the educational market, are those written in response to the…

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Embracing Foundations

I know that many of us have found both confidence and solace in yoga, me especially over the past six months. Each Sunday, I wait in anticipation of the arrival…

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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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