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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Review: ABRSM Songbooks Plus

At the end of October 2017, ABRSM published its new Songbook Plus series, designed to complement the existing Songbook range. There is a new book for each of Grades 1-5,…

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September 2017 New Discoveries

In this new monthly series, I'm hoping to share with you some of the new music and resources I come across in the course of my work. There'll hopefully be…

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Taking Part in a Festival

Thank you to Ruth Carlyle for allowing me to reproduce this article which she contributed to my end-of-term newsletter in December 2016: Have you thought about taking part in the…

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Duets: are we missing the point?

I don’t know about other teachers, but I try to make use of duets in my teaching at all levels. Indeed, I've written an article previously about the 'joy of…

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We Pray for Peace

Catalogue Number: PPMO1704 SA Voices & Piano (opt. instruments) Publisher: Paraclete Press Difficulty Level: E Year of Publication: 2017 Duration: 4 minutes Availability: In Stock Printed Copy: $2.90   Printed Copy:…

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Repertoire: beyond exams

Instrumental teachers know how easy it is to become trapped on the exam treadmill, learning a few pieces, sitting an exam, then moving to the next grade. Encouraging pupils to…

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