Category Archives: Education

Popular Music Education in Wales: Time to Move Forward. Tramshed Tech, Cardiff January 30th 2020 (9.30-4.30)

Wales has a unique landscape culturally, politically, linguistically and of course musically. Like other Small Nations, the country has a distinct set of challenges in order to ensure it exploits the full potential of music education. In terms of popular … Continue reading

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Examples of Student Performance Work

As the New Year gets underway – here are some examples of student performance work from the BA Popular Music. Enjoy! More to follow.

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Music graduates are more employable than you might think | Education | The Guardian

Just read an interesting article in The Guardian which outlines the employability music graduates. The article goes on to discuss the array of professions that music graduates enter – and the important skills that good degrees indoctrinate into their awards. I … Continue reading

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Should parents be able to take their children on holiday during school terms? What are the solutions?

There have been a number of reports in the national press today discussing parents being prosecuted for taking their children on holiday outside of the official school holidays. As this report in the Guardian shows – if you are given … Continue reading

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Berklee College of Music: ‘We Are Running Out of Excuses For Not Getting A Music Degree

Berklee College of Music started its online program in 2002 when the internet was still figuring itself out. This was pre YouTube or Facebook.  Now, over 10,000 students from 140 countries each year enroll in Berklee Online certificate programs including 12 week courses like Pro … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on the A Level Music Curriculum

I have spent much time over the last several years trying to think more deeply about some of the issues associated with the ways in which students are prepared for higher education music courses. The National Diploma awards which were … Continue reading

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Popular Music in the School

I took part in some consultancy work at the weekend on the new A Level Music Syllabus. Although the details are confidential for the moment, it got me thinking about the state of popular music based education during the school … Continue reading

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Elements of Music and Impact on Musical Form

My last musicology session discussed the various ways in which the elements of music impacted our appreciation of music. Factors such as dynamics, texture, timbre, harmony, melody etc are interesting – as they can be discussed with all age groups … Continue reading

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Musicology – Session 1

As last year, here is a powerpoint of some introductory notes to a musicology session I teach. Anyone interested in commenting – please do so! <div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/carrp/introduction-to-musicology-lecture&#8221; title=”Introduction to Musicology Lecture” target=”_blank”>Introduction to Musicology Lecture</a> </strong> from … Continue reading

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