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In which I get ratty about progress and progression in music education – yet again!

I’ve been thinking a lot again about these three words recently: Progress Progression Continuation This has been particularly the case as I’ve been looking into Arts Council England data on WCET (Whole Class Ensemble Tuition), where the notion of continuation … Continue reading

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Progress and Intervals

I’ve been thinking a lot about progress again recently. Despite the best intentions of ‘assessment without levels’, progress is still firmly one of the things being looked at. I was thinking about progress whilst having a coffee in the sitting … Continue reading

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The place of Notation in Music Education

This topic has been bothering me for a while, and will doubtless continue so to do. My latest thoughts are in the British Journal of Music Education, which CUP have kindly made available here. Maybe you are one of our PGCE … Continue reading

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In which I fall over in Lisbon, and reflect again on the knowledge/skills debate

Sometimes there are things which happen which make you really think about things. One of those happened to me at the weekend. I was in Lisbon to address the Associação portuguesa de educação musical conference there. What happened was that … Continue reading

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Instead of a blog…

Instead of a blog, here’s me talking about the way I feel that music education is under threat at the moment. I’m talking with Ciaran O’Donnell of Birmingham Music Hub, and S4E music in B’ham. I really am worried about … Continue reading

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Bullseye! Target setting and target missing.

Or, a blog in which I get to say “Errr?” rather a lot! Target setting is currently back at number one as the biggest cause of concern that I am hearing about from music teachers. Now, I am going to … Continue reading

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Is curriculum music safe?

At the recent Music Mark conference, I had a slot to talk about current issues in music education. This blog entry is based on that presentation. For me, one of the big issues that’s facing us is the reduction of … Continue reading

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Twitter conversation: KS3 Assessment

This may be of interest to UK KS3 music teachers, it’s a storified twitter conversation about assessment practices in KS3 music. It’s available here //storify.com/DrFautley/getting-started/embed?border=false//storify.com/DrFautley/getting-started.js?border=false[View the story “Assessment requirement at KS3” on Storify] “>link This is the first time I’ve … Continue reading

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Tracking thoughts inspired by railway tracks on a train journey

I’m always concerned by how much duplication of effort there has been in music education from teachers up and down the land over the years. What is worrying me at the moment is that there seems to be a move … Continue reading

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I’m asked for a quote…

…by the organisation “Music Mark”, so, on the spur of the moment, I say this:

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