In search of a music education

My keynote given at the Music Transitions and Futures Conference, The Boiler House, Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Thursday 25th January 2018. (The conference brought together music teachers from all phases including higher education.) My perspective on music education comes from within the school, first as a secondary school music teacher for twenty-seven years and then …

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The constructing of music as a school subject

In last week’s blog I bounced off a BJME article to raise questions about what would make a sufficiently robust justification for music being in the school curriculum as part of an education for all pupils to the age of 16. Justifying music in the school I suggested needed to go beyond popular causes like …

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Local Knowledge this Christmas Time

Better try over number seventy-eight before we start I suppose?’ said William, pointing to a heap of old Christmas carol books on a side table. [2] Thomas Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree, like much of his writing, contains references to music-making. Hardy’s interest in the social conditions of his characters is matched by interest in …

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Instrumental skills v musical knowledge

Music Mark @musicmarkuk Great panel discussing Future of Music in Curriculum. @danfrancismusic @hantsmusichub @musicforall @aboorchestras @TrinityC_L #MusicMark2017 John finney‏@Johnfinney8 Nov 25 A Pandora’s Box. (Too) Many separate strands emerging and some conceptual confusions that need a whole conference to sort out. Fun to listen to. Thank you. This was my twitter response to the Music Mark conference …

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In praise of common culture [1]

‘Better try over number seventy-eight before we start I suppose?’ said William, pointing to a heap of old Christmas carol books on a side table. [2] Thomas Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree, like much of his writing, contains references to music-making. Hardy’s interest in the social conditions of his characters is matched by interest in …

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In praise of common culture

‘Better try over number seventy-eight before we start I suppose?’ said William, pointing to a heap of old Christmas carol books on a side table. [2] Thomas Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree, like much of his writing, contains references to music-making. Hardy’s interest in the social conditions of his characters is matched by interest in …

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