Happy summer holidays to one and all! I do hope you've been enjoying the sunshine and getting out in it as much as you can while we have it to enjoy...keeping up with your music practise is just as important, though!
I'm really enjoying some downtime and the chance to get out into the countryside, but I've taken my recording gear with me to make the most of the time I have - creativity is all around!
I look forward to seeing how everyone has got on over the summer and hearing about your adventures in September!
New findings reinforce the need for all children to have the right to access music!
A newly released research report, Sounds of Intent in the Early Years, indicates that music sessions can help children in the early years from areas of high deprivation improve their ability to manage their feelings, modify behaviour and enhance their ability to listen and maintain concentration while also boosting self-confidence.
This short synopsis of the report outlines the key findings in easy to understand terms, with the essential outcome being that music is changing the lives of young children! As stated in the synopsis, this report should be of importance to anyone providing music to young children, both with and without special educational needs and disabilities.
Source: Music Education Works, April 5, 2019.
A very quick update to say good luck and all the best to everyone taking their ABRSM graded theory of music exams this Saturday!
I’m sure you’ll all do really well after all the practice we’ve put in. However, don’t forget to keep your eye on the clock, take your time, remain calm, try to write neatly using a pencil and ruler and to not leave a question unanswered - final checks could make the difference between a Merit or a Distinction!
Last month I was interviewed about my creative and teaching practice by marketing and communications assistant for ROAR, Amy Forde.
I've had the pleasure of being interviewed for various things in the past, but this was rather more personal than I've been used to and Amy had a very natural manner and way of asking questions that I found really got me talking. I think Amy is clearly very skilled as she was able to create a succinct and sensible article from my disorganised and (perhaps) frenetic ramblings!
Many thanks, Amy for approaching me about this and for writing so many wonderful words.