Category Archives: Music Education

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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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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Poster at ISME

I’ve been a bit on the busy side recently, which is, in many ways, an understatement! Anyway, last week I was up in Glasgow for the International Society of Music Education (ISME) conference. Whilst there I gave four spoken presentations, and … Continue reading

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Rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic

  I’m guessing that someone had the job of being in charge of deckchairs on the Titanic. I presume that they spent their days and nights dreaming up ever more complex ways of arranging the deckchairs in patterns, and then … Continue reading

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In which I worry about Vogons

From Douglas Adams “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”: “People of Earth, your attention please,” a voice said, and it was wonderful. Wonderful perfect quadrophonic sound with distortion levels so low as to make a brave man weep. “This is … Continue reading

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In which I muse on formative assessment whilst at Schiphol Airport

I’m writing this Blog entry at Schiphol Airport. I’ve been in the Netherlands for a few days, as a guest of the Royal Dutch Conservatory in the Hague where I have been talking about assessment. This has been interesting, as … Continue reading

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A short blog in which I worry about ‘flightpaths’

I’ve been wondering about ‘flightpaths’ (just google them if you don’t know!) and ‘expected progress’ recently. Two questions strike me: Are flightpaths just NC levels by another name? What progress can we expect? How do we know? This relates to … Continue reading

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In which I think about astronomy and assessment

I was looking up at the sky at night recently, and saw a shooting star. Probably part of the Perseid meteor shower visible from the UK. Now, what I know about astronomy is limited to the Observer’s book that I … Continue reading

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In which I reflect on dentistry and assessment

My wife has this week had to go to the dentist, for some root canal work (ouch). As she was bemoaning this, I reflected on how I am very grateful that dentists don’t operate like teachers have to. I’m not … Continue reading

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