‘Music is a moral law’ but don’t let that stop you Mr Gove!

It has been interesting to read the twitter comments and blogs which have been posted by colleagues over the past 24hrs about the announcement by the Secretary of State for Education – Mr Gove – about the replacement of GCSEs with the English Baccalaureate.  At the risk of repeating what the many respected commentators have said before me, here is my penny’s worth! Continue reading

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A Perfect Partnership or an Arranged Marriage?

Now that the Music Education Hub map has been drawn and the reality hits of a need to deliver the visions so carefully crafted for Arts Council England application forms – what happens to all the (potentially rushed) partnership agreements and/or promises? Continue reading

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Year of the Dragon… of Sport… why not of Music Education?

This week is Chinese New Year – the Year of the Dragon.  Apparently this is the luckiest year in the Chinese zodiac, so here’s to a year of opportunity!

Of course 2012 is perhaps going to be better known in the UK as the year of the great sporting event in North East London (I am not sure if I can use the O-word without getting into trouble with LOCOG so I won’t go there….), indeed it is hard not to feel that the four-year countdown has been gearing us up a little too soon for something which isn’t going to take place until July!  But for me, and I expect for many in the music education sector, this year is likely to be remembered as the ‘Year of the Music Education Hubs’. Continue reading

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Can we have the singing back now?

I hear X-Factor is on the wane.  Apparently fewer and fewer people are tuning in to watch each week and the conversations in the media and around the watercooler seem to be implying that the programme’s day in the sun (or should that be Sun?) are over.  But is that really such a bad thing? Continue reading

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It’s who you know, not what you know….?

The music education world is trying to get itself ‘hub ready’.

Following the Henley Review and the government’s response to it the discussion around the country is how to prepare for the National Plan for Music Education – and more specifically the recommendation that funding for music edcuation which is currently distributed through local authorities (and therefore for many, but not all, given to music services) will in future be distrubuted to ‘Music Education Hubs’.  Continue reading

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To work or not to work… that is the question

As we head into the next three weeks I am faced with a dilemma.  I have lots of work to do (which as a freelance consultant is great) but there are four bank holidays in the space of 11 days meaning that officially there are just 7 working days in the next 17!  Continue reading

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So far…. so good

I have been amazed by all the support and favourable comments from people about my new website.  Yes, it still needs some work – a number of people have said that I should have some pictures on the site (although quite what of I am not sure yet), and I really need to get into the habit of refreshing the content and/or writing a blog more often, but so far…. so good! Continue reading

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Launching a website… really?!

It has taken much longer than I had originally planned to create and publish a website. Indeed I am still not sure if I am emotionally ready to shout about myself across the fiberoptics, but at the same time I am aware that my email address implies there is a website! I also know that whilst google-ing my name will hopefully find some references to me and perhaps even – with some searching – help someone to find my email or other contact details, is it not better to have that information on a site which also tells anyone who is looking for me what I actually do? Continue reading

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