Benefits of Group Instrumental Teaching

During the 1990s, I was director of a music support service for schools in the UK. We provided mainly group lessons, so when interviewing prospective teachers,  I would ask them what they saw as the advantages or disadvantages of group tuition as opposed to one- to- one teaching. Their answers almost always (and I mean in…

Practice Makes Perfect – or Does It?

Actually, I prefer ‘practice makes permanent‘! Here is a short article about the thorny issue of music practice – how the teacher’s guidance during the lesson can make it more meaningful and desirable to the student, and how careful a choice of words can make a big difference to attitudes to practice.  All very important…

Alternatives to teaching notation early on

Following on from Let’s Make Music…  the article Demonstration, Imitation, Improvisation then Notation,  suggests some alternative ways of getting your students to play musically from the start – without getting tied up reading notation. It goes on to suggest ways of introducing notation when the time is right. A ‘part two’ to this article will be…

Welcome

This is my way of sharing ideas about contemporary music (which for this purpose, means ‘classical’ music of the 20th & 21st centuries) and about preparing the next generation of musicians. When talking about the next generation I mean ‘musicians’ very much with a ‘small m’, because one of the things I feel very strongly…