Music education

Should all string players learn how to improvise?

We teach children to write creatively, not just to read, he argues, so why do we ask young string players to play from the page without encouraging them to improvise or compose?

The Strad

Iraqi Kids Find Refuge in Music

All too often, in Iraq and many other places in the world, children grow up to the sound of explosions and sirens. But in a classroom in Basra, a different sound surrounds them — music.

VOA News

L'éducation musicale en Finlande : la recette miracle de l'excellence

Citons quelques noms : Rautavaara, Lindberg, Kaija Saariaho, Karita Mattila, Jukka-Pekka Saraste ou Esa-Pekka Salonen, les Finlandais interprètes ou compositeurs portent haut les couleurs de leur pays dans le monde musical.

France Musique

Abu Dhabi education revolution turns to art and music

After expanding reforms to the public school curriculum, including bilingual lessons and the shift in focus to science subjects, the Abu Dhabi Education Council has detailed a pilot programme for arts and music.

The National

UK: Why are our schools pushing classical music to the margins?

Growing within our schools today is a disturbing trend; increasingly, music is viewed as an optional subject – something equivalent to a passion that merely runs parallel to ‘academic’ subjects – that leads to contempt for classical music borne out of an ignorance of all it contains.


A Metronome Practice Strategy for Musicians Who Hate Metronomes

Most musicians have been encouraged to practice with a metronome at some point. I certainly was, more than once.

Bulletproof Musician

3 ways to Pique Your Child's Interest in Music

It is no secret that learning music has all sorts of benefits for kids. However, with competing extracurricular activities like sports it can be difficult to pique your child’s interest in music.

The Charlotte Observer

Improvisation Is Not a Bad Word

A well-rounded musician can play both with music and by ear. As a classically trained flautist, I could play anything put in front of me, but when I needed to just play a song, or play along, I would become paralyzed with fear.


The Trials and Errors of Music Education

Neesa Sunar reflects on her experience teaching elementary music, and laments the loss of depth in today's musical curriculum.

The Good Men Project

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