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.
Here we are, at last: the final term before the summer break!
For many, this is a time of examinations: GCSEs, A-Levels and, of course, music examinations! As we know, with examinations comes hard work and often stress.
I'm currently busy preparing my dedicated and hardworking students for their upcoming exams and wanted to share some advice from the professional examiners at RSL Awards.
This short video gives some excellent advice on performing under pressure and also shows us that it's okay to feel nervous before an exam. Not only that, the video also gives some fantastic advice about picking the piece back up and recovering following mistakes!
Well done to all students this term for tackling some impressive music and showing real commitment to their instruments! You've all earned a well-deserved break, so enjoy the time off. Please try your best to keep up with the work you've been set, ready to show me your musical skills after the Spring holiday!
It's been a fantastic term and everyone has worked very hard, indeed! I'm now looking forward to taking a short break from teaching and enjoying some quiet time in the fresh countryside air.
See you all next term!
Photo credit: Mark Robinson