Inspirational Series: One Love Manchester

On 22nd May 2017, a bomb was detonated in the foyer of the Manchester Arena, at the end of an Ariana Grande concert. 22 people tragically lost their lives, and over 100 were injured in the attack. This senseless act of violence could have been met with hate, resentment, and anger. Instead, Ariana Grande and the people of Manchester responded with the most beautiful tribute – an incredible concert, hosted just 13 days later. One Love Manchester was full of love, hope, and inspiration. In case you missed it, here’s what happened: Continue reading “Inspirational Series: One Love Manchester”

A Game of Musical Memories

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Let’s play a game! Music is one of the most powerful triggers we have available to us. Hearing a certain song or piece of music can instantly take us back to a different time or place, and memories can be stirred that were long forgotten. It can change our mood, and have a great impact on how we live our lives. Recent studies show that it can even change the way foods taste (check out this very cool video experiment with Marcus Wareing)! You can learn a great deal about someone from their music tastes, and the songs and pieces that trigger their most special memories. I propose that we flood the internet with musical nostalgia, and share those moments that mean the most to us. To join in, simply click through to this Facebook link, add your contribution, and tag three people to share theirs! Continue reading “A Game of Musical Memories”

My Solihull Article: Nurturing Musical Ability from Birth to Forever

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I was very excited this month to feature in a local magazine, My Solihull. It was great to get the opportunity to explain why music is so important in the lives of our children. I was also able to give examples of some simple ways you can begin to do this at home! It is really easy to begin nurturing your child’s musical ability. Here is the article that was printed: Continue reading “My Solihull Article: Nurturing Musical Ability from Birth to Forever”

Red Nose Day: Worst Ever Comic Relief Songs…

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Red Nose Day takes place every 2 years, to raise money for all number of fantastic causes across the UK and Africa. There is always a great build up to the day, with local organisations fundraising, and people taking part in sponsored events. Cakes are baked, walks are walked, and bad habits are given up, all in the name of charity. The Friday night is always one of the best TV nights of the year, with many celebrities joining together for entertain and raise money.

And then there is the song…. Continue reading “Red Nose Day: Worst Ever Comic Relief Songs…”

Why Does It Matter Anyway? Who Cares If Music Is Cut?

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The release of the new budget report this week has coincided with more news regarding music education in schools. The BBC reported that it could ‘face extinction’ due to schools cutting it from their timetable. They are under pressure to enter students for the EBacc, which doesn’t include arts subjects such as music and drama. As a result:

  • Fewer schools are offering music BTEC and GCSE
  • Fewer schools are making music compulsory for Year 9s
  • Music teachers are facing redundancy, and up to 30% of schools are managing with just 1 music teacher
  • Many schools can only make music available to the children who can pay for it

These reports are fairly commonplace now, with similar news making the headlines every week. We have become quite numb to the effect. My husband and I are both music teachers. We are parents to a 7-month-old baby boy. And we fear for his future. I implore you all, please, to take 5 minutes out of your day, and to question, and I mean really question – why does it matter anyway? Continue reading “Why Does It Matter Anyway? Who Cares If Music Is Cut?”