How to keep on keeping on.

By David Ashworth OK, here’s the problem in a nutshell. Two of my current freelance contracts involve me getting into secondary schools and discussing music-ed issues with teachers. These teachers tell me that in their feeder primaries, many students have Wider Opportunities [WCET] provision in year 4, some of this gets carried across to y5 and then music lessons disappear completely when serious
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Expecting to Fly.

By David Ashworth.In my blog “After the Goldrush – did we miss a trick?” I told my story of hanging around in a typical school art department, and how I liked the things I saw happening there. At the end of my article, I asked the question: why couldn’t music departments be more like this?In this blog, I will briefly sketch out the reasons why it is that music lessons are not like art lessons,
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Progression in music education?

By David AshworthReproduced from the Youth Music website by kind permission of David Ashworth.There is this thing called ‘music education’. When you have been working in music education for a fair while, you get the chance to see how this ‘thing’ develops and progresses over time.......and what you notice is that it doesn’t actually progress. If it did, there would be development towards
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Which instrument should I play?

As the start of a new academic year approaches, many young people will be considering taking up a musical instrument. Choosing the right instrument for you is really important, so there are a few things to consider in making this decision.   What instrument do I really fancy? What kinds of tuition are available in my school? How big is the instrument? Can I carry it?Strings  
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Why is improvisation important?

By David AshworthReproduced from the Teaching Music website by kind permission of David Ashworth.Improvisation has played a powerful role in many of the innovative developments that have been made throughout musical history, and it is a central part of how countless practising musicians today work around the world. However, in the music classroom it often comes as an afterthought, if it is used at
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