Thursday, 3 January 2013

Some of my other articles

Here's a selection of my writings. Some represent the earlier, uncensored versions of pieces that were later clipped, pruned and manicured for publication ...

"Long-haul music tours"
"Traditionally, student orchestras and choirs in the UK have opted for tours to European destinations – perhaps Central America for the more adventurous – safe in the knowledge that the culture will be fairly familiar, audiences receptive, and costs relatively low. But in an age where culture is crossing all borders, perhaps our students should be doing the same?"
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"Mini Maestros and Infant Instrumentalists: when should we start children on formal music education?"
"While the vast majority of us are unlikely to be harbouring mini Mozarts under our roofs, there is no doubt that all children can gain a great deal from a musical education, regardless of their aptitude or ability. Given that our brains are wired to respond to music from the earliest age, does this mean we should start playing instruments just as soon as we’re physically able to hold them?"
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"Specialist Music Schools: a Five-Step Guide"
"Whether to send your pupil or child to a specialist music school is a big decision, and there is a great deal that needs to be considered. This five-step guide takes you through all the important information you need to know when judging what’s best for each young musician".
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Here's the text of my interview with Australian saxophonist Amy Dickson, which will be published in the March issue of Music Teacher

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