The role of the non-specialist music teacher

The role of the non-specialist music teacher

What, realistically, can teachers, knowing very little about music, hope to achieve with a full compliment of children in the junior school classroom? The short answer is, quite a lot – providing they have the appropriate resources to assist them. Teachers...
Music in the classroom: In-tune with the kids today?

Music in the classroom: In-tune with the kids today?

If we were to drop in on a music lesson at a typical junior school in the UK today, what could we expect to find? Would the lesson be inspiring, creative and in-tune with the young children of this digital generation? Or, would we still see our children sitting in a...
Who is the best teacher in the world?

Who is the best teacher in the world?

The benefits of having a good teacher, no matter at which rung of the musical ladder you are on can be vitally important. However, a gentle word of caution. There is always a danger that you, the student can become too reliant and spoon fed-often waiting for your...
The Recorder Revolution?

The Recorder Revolution?

The much maligned recorder is making a remarkable comeback. Unfortunately, this is only partially true. Personally, I would like to see every child starting recorder in year three – if not sooner. I know recorders do not have the kudos andimmediacy of pressing...