My Book on Amazon!

The experience I have gained from over thirty years’ experience and shared, via the widely-read articles on this site, have been collected together, expanded and updated in the form of my book Teaching Young Instrumentalists: Engagement and Motivation in Group Instrumental Teaching Group teaching is not a second-rate option – it’s a holistic method that…

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…

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…

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…