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Instrumental Music Teaching: Strategies for Securing Maximum Motivation and Musical Achievement Playing a musical instrument is not only immensely enjoyable and satisfying but has far-reaching implications for educational achievement and personal development that can last an entire lifetime. Yet, of the thousands upon thousands of young people who begin to learn musical instruments every year,…

Pythagoras and the Music of the Future – Updates

Today, the first four articles in the series tracing the acoustical origins of the major developments in western music over the centuries, revised and ‘refreshed’, are published. Since they first appeared several years ago, these articles have proved valuable sources for students, academics and for those with basic musical knowledge and curiosity about how music…

Practice Makes Perfect – Really?

Actually, I prefer ‘practice makes permanent‘! Here is a short article exploring some of the often contentious issues regarding music practice. In it, I discuss how informed practice works to consolidate learning and thus the importance of appropriate preparation on the part of the students before commencing. I also examine how the teacher’s guidance during the lesson…

Keeping Everyone Involved in Group Lessons

This article deals with one of the problems that, for many teachers, is the most challenging: how do we keep everyone involved while at the same time, giving due attention to the problems of individuals? You will find several solutions and discover why this calculation is correct! . Group Instrumental Teaching III – Keeping Everyone Involved

Why We Shouldn’t Stop ‘Defending’ Music Education

I came across an interesting and thought-provoking article by Peter Greene the other day, entitled Stop ‘Defending’ Music.  His basic premise is that music has so many affective – or if you like ‘human’ – benefits that it shouldn’t need defending. He tells us that it is “universal’; he mentions its omnipresence in our lives…