There may be some hope for music education after all

I’m sceptical about Cameron’s flagship Big Society plans. In this age of austerity I fear for  the future of participatory arts and creative learning programmes in schools, those who rely on subsidised music provision will suffer. There is no way a love child of New Labour is going to survive the coalition’s cuts – I thought, but then I read this, (a […]

100 Hour challenge

It’s been a month since I last updated you on this. Well, well, well, haven’t I been good! Wherever there is a piano, I is. I am practicing jazz standards and improvising. I’ve been averaging 2 hours a day and it has positively impacted upon my gigging, I got loads of compliments at Friday’s penultimate […]

Soulful Summer

Just completed a week of workshops for THSH and UFA, project was called Soulful summer. I helped facilitate sessions based mainly on developing young people’s composition skills. I was blown away by the young people’s ideas and good vibes. Some of the feedback I got was great, and was nice to see some of the […]

Young Music Leaders: Peer to Peer learning in Music

The music manifesto website peeps have uploaded a great video about students (at a secondary school in Surrey) discussing the benefits of peer to peer music tuition. I think it’s a great idea to have a weekly club where young people can share ideas and mentor one another to achieve music creations!! I wish some […]

Hustlin’

The summer term is always quieter work wise. I have been hustling the last few weeks; consequently promotional skills have improved. 2 projects I am excited to be working on are with CBSO Education where composition and creativity are based around Holst’s ‘The Planets’, the second is for THSH’s ‘Pipe Up’ project pivoted around cathedral […]