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Updated by shaphillips04th on Jan 30, 2017
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On the history of music education

So what is so bad about letting music education be based around the Romantic ideals of spectacle and performance? Surely the fee-paying public have a right to be satisfied?

The problem is that it easy to define what a spectacular performance is. Read More


Music and Motivation

There is a wonderful study, conducted at St Andrews University, which highlights the sometimes counterintuitive nature of human motivation. Read More


Sight Reading

Sight reading is one of the most difficult sections in the exam both to practice and to teach, yet it ultimately forms the basis of the whole of classical music. Read More


Music exams (p.3)

Aural tests are often afforded the least attention in the preparation for exams. There are two reasons for this, which I will call the good news and the bad news. Read More


Music Exams (p.2)

Last month I discussed the criteria for the exam pieces which form the main body of the ABRSM exams. Read More


Music Exams (p.1)

The theme for the next couple of month’s newsletters will be: “How to prepare for and succeed in music exams”. Read More


Gesture and expectation in music

One of the key features of my philosophy of music is the idea of gesture. Read More


On Exams

Practical exam season in upon us and we would like to wish all of our candidates for this session the best of luck in their final preparations. Read More


Why music?

Why should I, or my child, study music?

As a music teacher it always strikes me that it is very difficult to come up with a coherent answer for this question and I suspect many music teachers feel the same or are unable to reach a consensus with one another. Read More


What should I do to get the most out of my piano lessons?

How should I approach my music lessons?

The first edition of our newsletter focussed on the needs of the teachers in our musical community, now, as promised, this second edition of the newsletter will focus on the student. Read More


On Community

I will be updating the blog every month with some thoughts about the school and music education in general, please feel free to leave suggestions and ideas for future topics in the comments section. Read More