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Music Education for Character Education

Originally posted on Learning Strategies for Musical Success:
In 2015 the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham called for character education to be embedded in UK curriculum. The report linked strong character traits such as…

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General Music Practical? Keyboards!

You’ve inherited 25 students for general music or KS3 class coming from different schools, backgrounds and experience levels. Students expect practical music experiences as the major part of the curriculum. Rightly so – it is the best way to understand music, to

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Posted in Emotional intelligence, Key Stage 3, keyboard, metacognition, Music Education, Pianists, Piano, primary

Music Practice V Passive Leisure

 I did not wish to find when I came to die that I had not lived. – Henry David Thoreau The systematic time investment required for musical progress can be stolen by time thieves, and television is one of the

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Introduction to Jazz Harmony

For some classical musicians, understanding the rich sounds of jazz harmony can seem elusive and unobtainable. But jazz harmony – an extension of classical harmony, is beautifully logical, simple to understand, and widely applicable. It sounds magical but there is no magic to

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Five Lessons from Surfing in Bali for Music Teachers

I’m presently in Bali for business and pleasure. I’ve taken up surfing, and the challenge and difficulty reminds me of the learning and teaching process for mastering music. I almost talked myself out of it. Am I getting a bit old for

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Posted in character, Chunking, mindset, motivation, Music Education, Music psychology, Nature, Physical education, Practice, Repetition, slow practice

Music Education Messages for Parents

In early February 2016 I was in Sydney, Australia, speaking to various groups of parents with children learning music. The content of my 45-minute talk included a mixture of music education advocacy and pragmatic advice for supporting their children in the often difficult commitment

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Thrive! Linking intrinsic motivation, mindset and metacognitive processes

On January 27, 2016 I had the opportunity to present a keynote speech to the 150 staff at Ballarat Grammar School. The title (above) provided great scope to investigate the psychology and practicality of generating a rich self-directed learning environment. Few

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