MUSIC:ED magazine

Interview: Brad Cohen, Founder of Tido Music

Tido Music launched in Hong Kong in March 2019. Pianist, Phoebe Ng, finds out more about the revolutionary digital music app from Founder, Brad Cohen.

The ‘model music curriculum’: uniting the music education community through disaffection and challenge?

The social media storm surrounding the recent announcement of a Model Music Curriculum for England has highlighted a growing malaise among music educators and researchers, with the… Read more

McMusic? The role of franchises in the arts and wellbeing sectors

Part of our cultural landscape, music franchises are moving beyond artistic development into areas like therapy and even preventative medicine

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I can compose: my journey to creating a composition website

Founder of I can compose, Rachel Shapey, explains how she came to create the award-winning composition website and introduces her latest course

Embracing digital innovation in music tuition management

With music services under strain and tuition levels dropping, the industry must embrace digital innovation in tuition management, says Paritor CEO, Simon Dutton

A model music curriculum?

In this post, Dr Jonathan Savage, Managing Director of UCan Play, reflects on the UK Government’s announcement on 11 January 2019 that they will be publishing a model… Read more

Interactive Musical Participation: a research performance

Adrian York, Senior Lecturer in Commercial Music Performance at the University of Westminster, introduces his new Interactive Musical Participation model

Blog: Steven Berryman on research-informed music teaching

Dr Steven Berryman, Director of Music at City of London School for Girls, calls for more music teachers to engage with research: ‘a vital tool in our work’.

It’s not what we do, it’s how we do it: evolving the concert experience

Hugh Hodgson School of Music Professor, Cynthia Johnston Turner, challenges players and audiences to loosen up the classical concert experience

Introducing Tri-borough Music Hub (TBMH)

Tri-borough Music Hub Head, Stuart Whatmore, leads music education across three London boroughs. He recently introduced TBMH’s work to readers of KCW Today.

Poorer children priced out of learning instruments but school music programmes benefit the wider community

Years of austerity in the UK have bitten away at school budgets, and the arts have suffered heavily. Schools can no longer afford to employ teaching assistants,… Read more

Get your head in the cloud, part 3: teaching music

In the third article in his cloud-based software series, George Hess, MUSIC:ED Music Technology Editor, looks at music production software for the classroom.

Get your head in the cloud, part 2: creating music

In his second article about cloud-based software, George Hess, MUSIC:ED Music Technology Editor, looks at music production software for teaching.

Get your head in the cloud, part 1: introduction

George Hess, MUSIC:ED Music Technology Editor, introduces a series of articles about cloud-based software for music teaching and music creation.

Interview: Why Grand Union Youth Orchestra is important to me

Cassius, Grand Union Youth Orchestra (GUYO) drummer, in conversation with the Grand Union Orchestra’s Claude Deppa at the 2018 GUYO Residential Summer School. The 2019 Grand Union… Read more

Guest interview: Luke, London Music Fund Scholar of the Month

London Music Fund (LMF) is an independent charity with the Mayor of London as Patron. The organisation’s vision is that every child who demonstrates significant musical ability, enthusiasm… Read more

One Day One Choir: A Global Choral Project for Peace

Choral aficionado and educator, Jane Hanson, introduces One Day One Choir, a global initiative which uses the power of singing to unite people on Peace Day.

Arts Council England’s approach to early music education

Arts Council England Chief Executive, Darren Henley’s speech at Tri-Borough Music Hub’s recent Early Years Conference made the case for expanding the NPME to include 0-5-year-olds.

A Safe Space for musicians: #metoo and the MU

Safe Space: Naomi Pohl looks at what the Musicians’ Union is doing to tackle sexual harassment and abuse of power in the music industry

Will the Greater Bay Area initiative boost Hong Kong’s opera sector?

The following article was originally published on CHINA NOW, the British Council’s new platform for UK arts professionals. For arts stories, news, events, research and opportunities in China… Read more

My journey to historical flutes: Rosie Bowker

Flautist, Rosie Bowker, writes about why she loves the baroque flute, about her time on the Handel House Talent Scheme and about her group, Pocket Sinfonia.

Prepare for fireworks – the Asian music scene is exploding

The Asian music scene is one to watch with digital revenue leaping over 20% in 2018 and British institutions and artists finding new ways to plug in.

A Level Music Technology fails the test

With exam results set to make headlines within a few weeks, George Hess, MUSIC:ED Music Technology Editor, looks at one Music Technology A Level syllabus and finds… Read more

Q&A: Midnight Music Founder, Katie Wardrobe

As one of the superstars of music technology education, Katie Wardrobe can make even the most complex topic seem not only simple but also exciting and interesting. With a website full of teacher-friendly resources and lessons, Music Technology Editor, George Hess, spoke to her from her home in Melbourne, Australia.

Global Creative and Cultural Industries: the MA for tomorrow’s cultural workers

Postgraduate MA student, Joe Penhalligon, introduces SOAS’s Global Creative and Cultural Industries MA and investigates the place of creative labour in the 21st century cultural workplace.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts, music school with a social mission

How can we do more? A simple question led to a US music conservatory’s change in mission and a legion of students ready to lead the charge.

Brexit and music: Theme and Variations

Recently, the composer Howard Goodall had an encounter with a man at a currency exchange desk at Heathrow airport in London and tweeted the conversation thus: Nice… Read more

Music technology in the classroom: getting started

While technology in the classroom isn’t a magic bullet, the benefits can be enormous argues Music Technology Editor, George Hess.

From team-building to wellbeing: the power of music in the workplace

Long before the phenomenon of the office choir was hijacked by prime-time entertainment TV, it was a team-building tool that bonded, networked and even changed lives. Karen Stretch speaks to three musicians who are still passionate about the power of musical harmony in the workplace.

Q&A: Professor Leon Tong, Artistic Director, ‘Belt & Road’ World Choir Festival

Hong Kong’s inaugural ‘Belt & Road’ World Choir Festival runs from 15-19 July 2018. Inspired by China’s Belt and Road initiative (a development strategy focussing on connectivity… Read more

Songs to save lives

We are all aware of the power of song. The latest teaching resource from Portsmouth Music Hub offers an angle which is – literally – a life-saver…. Read more

Song and protest: Festival of Voice returns to Wales’ Music City

With an ever growing push on women’s rights, workplace equality and the relentless tide of revelations from the #metoo movement, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Festival of Voice 2018 is a knee-jerk reaction. In fact, they got there first, as Karen Stretch discovers.

The Music Industry: alive and well at NAMM

Our Music Technology Editor, George Hess, suffered from Gear Acquisition Syndrome at the Winter NAMM show in Los Angeles, which took place in January 2018.

Grand Union Orchestra – nurturing the Second Generation

Co-founder and Director of the Grand Union Orchestra, Tony Haynes, argues that – in the fast-changing demographic of Britain today – migrant and migrant-descended musicians can and should… Read more

Mainstreaming music technology

MUSIC:ED’s Music Technology Editor, George Hess, introduces our new content hub. The other day, a teacher asked a social media group for help with planning a music… Read more

Creating a building identity for a conservatoire of the future: Thomas Matthews on the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Thomas Matthews recently worked with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to develop a signage and wayfinding experience for its £57 million new home. Here, the communication design agency explains what goes into creating a bespoke building identity.

Jack Ma speaking on education at the World Economic Forum: teach sport, music, art

Time for a reality check? Ciaran O’Donnell on two new studies into instrumental learning

New research shows more children in the West Midlands are learning to play an instrument. Ciaran O’Donnell, Head of Music Service at Birmingham’s Services for Education, asks is this music to our ears?

Girls Rock London: Challenging the under-representation of women in music head on

In 2017, a unique music project for girls and women, Girls Rock London (GRL), received investment, mentoring and support from Sound Connections’ Innovate programme. The funding enabled GRL to centre the voices of young women in the design and facilitation of its work and to act as mentors during its Summer camps, Camp Co-ordinator, Geraldine Smith, explains.

Musician explains one concept in five levels of difficulty | WIRED

 23-year-old musician, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier explains the concept of harmony to five different people: a child, a teen, a college student, a professional, and… Read more

Did you know your music could light a fire? About ‘Ignatius Inspires’

In November 2017, composer and musician, Juwon Ogungbe, worked in collaboration with artists and young people from across Haringey to present two performances celebrating the life and work of Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780), an abolitionist icon and the first Black composer ever to have his music published in Britain. Here, he reflects on the process.

The man with the golden flute: Sir James Galway

The supreme master of the flute, Sir James Galway has played for world leaders and sold more than 30 million albums but his appeal is thoroughly down-to-earth… Read more

Tri-Music Together – one hub’s foray into Early Years music provision

With music education hub funding restricted to five- to 18-year-olds, what happens in the Early Years? EY music specialist and Tri-Music Together EYFS Strategic Lead, Nicola Burke,… Read more

Voice power – the choirs tackling health and social need

As ministers in the UK push for a Government cross-departmental strategy to support the health and social benefits of the arts, Karen Stretch meets three organisations already… Read more

Creating a songbook for Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School

Composer and multi-instrumentalist, John K Miles, introduces his ongoing project with City of London Sinfonia for children and young people with mental health issues In March 2015,… Read more

Singing is for everyone, not just the privileged few

The role of choral music has taken on new significance in the light of recent tragedies in the UK and, for composer, Howard Goodall, it’s one more… Read more

Blog: Music Excellence London Teacher Advocate and Director of Music at City of London School for Girls, Steven Berryman

Guest blogger, Steven Berryman, has worked on a wide range of collaborative projects involving schools, venues, charities and other education providers. Here, he outlines his formula for… Read more

Music Generation: why music education in Ireland has The Edge

As music services and hubs across the UK struggle to provide tuition on ever-squeezed budgets, a flourishing Irish initiative backed by U2 is kicking down the financial… Read more

Putting people at the centre: a new way of working

Amble Skuse has been selected for a residency with the British Paraorchestra. With a busy portfolio career, the writer, composer and performer says her Person-Centred Approach can… Read more

Are hierarchical attitudes to genre holding young people back?

Anita Holford and Dyfan Wyn Owen find out if young people are being short-changed by genre bias in music education We live in a century that’s rich… Read more

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