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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…

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…

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…