ponderings and passions

A set of occasional notes about Stringbabies, music festival adjudication and other things that I’m interested in:

Jun 04, 2014 Stringbabies and some very special students

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I cannot believe how long it has been since I last wrote a blog entry! I am ashamed..
As you can imagine I have been busy. February and March is a very busy time for music festivals and I had my fair share of adjudicating to do, in venues as far apart as Norfolk, Northern Ireland and Edinburgh!
So there are a number of things to catch up on but I am going to start by quoting a lovely email I received from Conni Rogers, who has been using Stringbabies with some of her Down syndrome students in East Sussex. Read on…

Jan 09, 2014 Hitting the deck in 2014

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Happy New Year to you all! I tried to have a break and do ‘Plenty of nuttin’ over the Christmas holiday, as I suspected that New Year would get off to a bang.

I have just returned from leading a Stringbabies Training day in Cornwall.
You can read a review and see some photos and a film clip by following the link


Nov 21, 2013 Music Teachers Awards 2014

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We were delighted to be short-listed for the Best Musical Initiative in the inaugural Music Teacher Awards in 2013.

Making it to the short-lists in the category of “excellence in early years and primary music” for the 2014 Awards is wonderful. Thank you to all who have supported us!

Oct 21, 2013 The sounds before the symbol

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One of the very first ‘sound bites’ I heard as a student in principles of teaching was that the sounds always come before the symbols.
This is in itself, an enormous area to talk about so I will just focus on a couple of issues around it which have reshaped the way I teach today.
Here is just the first one for starters, concerning rhythm.

Oct 18, 2013 A great new addition for the cello world

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As i have mentioned previously, I was sent some music and books to review over the summer.
The last of my reviews is of a super set of pieces for the grade 6 to 8 standard cellist entitled ‘One Chair in a Room’ by Mark Sinclair.
It was sent to me by my good friend Catherine Black, who runs the most amazing cello courses a few miles away in Lewes. Do visit her website: http://www.cellocourses.com and www.vaultedskymusic.com

Oct 11, 2013 Practice time!

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I was asked to look over a little booklet written by a Scottish Mum regarding the thorny topic of parents supporting their children in practicing their musical instruments.
We all know what a hot potato that can be and as a music teacher, I hear about the battles that can go on regarding the discipline of encouraging one’s child to practice without too much shedding of tears.

Oct 10, 2013 Musicbabies Update

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Things have been hotting up with work on Stringbabies for Double Bass and Musicbabies for recorder and Flute.

Oct 01, 2013 Something a little different…..

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Over the summer, I was sent three publications to review. I was a reviewer of music for nearly two decades before Stringbabies commitments led me to drop this particular aspect of work.
The review below is of an excellent new book written by my colleague, Melanie Spanswick. I’ll post the other two over the next week or so.

Sep 30, 2013 A new academic year and a new partner!

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I was shocked to realise that it has been quite a few months since my last blog entry! So although it is the start of a new academic year, I have resolved to try to write updates a little more often.

May 22, 2013 In Harmony Sistema England

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At the beginning of the month I was privileged to attend a publicity event hosted by Julian Lloyd Webber, the trustees and staff of In Harmony Sistema England.

Apr 23, 2013 The Stringbabies Roll of Honour!

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Rather later than I would have liked to, I am reporting back on the second Stringbabies Fundraising event.
Through a combination of sponsored practices, concerts and gifts, a total of £667.50 was raised for The Children’s Trust in Tadworth.
The next event, when it is organised, will be to raise funds for the NSPCC.
Special thanks to the following people:

Feb 19, 2013 New Edition Cello & Violin Books

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Today I have given my publishers the go ahead to start the first print run of the New Edition Cello & Violin books!

Jan 22, 2013 New from the BBC

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A real treat for the start of 2013 was to be invited to previews of two major music programmes by the BBC.
The first one of these is Howard Goodall’s ‘Story of Music’. It is a six part series of hour long programmes being broadcast on BBC 2 starting Saturday January 26th and is being supported with complimentary programming on Radio 3 and online resources for teachers.
I shall blog about the second series later.

Nov 22, 2012 Rosins and Recorders

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It has been a very hectic couple of months and 2013 promises to be no less so.

However, there have been two particularly exciting developments to report - one concerning Rosins and the other of interest to recorder players!

Sep 06, 2012 About composers…

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I have plenty to write about over the next few weeks but wanted to kick off the new academic year by mentioning a Stringbabies teacher who is also beginning to make her name as a composer.

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