Hello and welcome to my site which is dedicated to discussion of issues surrounding music education and contemporary music, which for these purposes, means ‘classical’ music of the 20th & 21st centuries.
I share several articles on various aspects of music education, particularly instrumental music: Should we teach notation straight away? How can practice be made more effective? Why not teach groups of students rather just individuals? I address these points in a sometimes provocative way while never losing sight of why we need to teach music at all. For example, I don’t think its primary purpose is to produce people destined for conservatories or the concert platform. Gone (I hope) are the days when teachers would only accept students who displayed perceived potential talent, and when ear tests had to be administered before admission to lessons could be considered! Instrumental teaching provides challenges of course, but I believe that both my writings, as well as the related professional development programmes, will help teachers meet such challenges, ensuring that their students derive maximum benefit from this invaluable activity. Contact me for more information.
I also share theories about contemporary musical thinking in a series of articles entitled Pythagoras & The Music of The Future. These explore the relationships that undoubtedly exist between musical parameters such as melody & harmony, rhythm, timbre and acoustical phenomena such as the harmonic series. Starting with a historical survey of how such correspondences have influenced the development of western music from the Middle Ages, I go on to propose a unified musical language, based on consciously related principles, for now and the future. Interactive workshops and illustrated lectures on these and related topics are available for students at undergraduate & postgraduate level.
I welcome opportunities to interact with readers, so please don’t hesitate to add your comments to the posts and pages, or contact me using the form below. I look forward to hearing from you!