Hello and welcome to my site which is dedicated to the discussion of issues surrounding music education and contemporary music, which for these purposes, means ‘classical’ music of the 20th & 21st centuries. You will find here articles on various aspects of music education, particularly instrumental music: Should we teach notation straight away? How can practice be made more productive? 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!
You will also find articles in which I share some ideas about the evolution of contemporary music in a series entitled Pythagoras & The Music of The Future together with a few of my compositions.
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