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Did James Rhodes save music education?

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Music education is getting plenty of attention in the press, thanks to a campaign by luminaries from TV pianist James Rhodes to head of In Harmony Julian Lloyd Webber. In September, Rhodes used a two-part Channel Four documentary to try and do for school music what Jamie Oliver did for school dinners in 2005. Despite the 2011 National Plan for Music, which led to the shake-up of the old system and the creation of Music Hubs, Rhodes claimed that the government ‘has not kept its promises’ on music education. He launched an Instrument Amnesty, in which the public was invited to donate unwanted musical instruments, to be passed on to schools after being reconditioned by experts at Universal Music and Yamaha.

Two months on, the success, not to mention the sheer speed, of the campaign, is impressive. Over 6,000 instruments were handed in to the 700 Oxfam stores acting as collection points. The instruments were then matched to specific requests from 150 primary schools across the UK, and delivered by Yodel. Each school has received up to 20 appropriately-sized instruments.


This example of the success of Rhodes’s scheme highlights the need for access for everyone. However, as we question why the current system isn’t providing this, it’s worth noting that, traditionally, schools have never kept large numbers of musical instruments beyond the usual classroom percussion – it was the county music service that provided free instruments. Charges for tuition and instrument hire were first introduced in the 1980s, accompanied by a policy of subsidy for low-income families and children in care. It is still illegal to charge children in care for instrumental tuition that takes place within school hours. There are plenty of instruments around, too, thanks to £40 million of government investment between 2007 and 2011, specifically for the purchase of musical instruments.

Don't Stop the Music has put a much-needed spotlight on music education. In the past ten days, there has been a Lords debate about arts in education, plus the launch of Boris Johnson's 'London Music Pledge' to improve music education in the capital. There has also been an open letter to the Telegraph, signed by leading figures in the music industry. Perhaps now, as the volume of the national debate increases, we can begin to focus not on why there are no instruments or opportunities, but on how we can make the government insist that they are taken up by schools. 
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Gladstone Theatre In the Park holds free performance of 'The Music Man' | KCLive.tv

Gladstone Theatre In the Park holds free performance of 'The Music Man' | KCLive.tv | Music Teacher | Scoop.it

A free, family-friendly performance of "The Music Man" is coming to Gladstone Theatre in the Park. The classic musical features a few familiar songs. Watch the video in the player above to get a taste of the music from the show's quartet.


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Ten Top Tips for Effective Memorisation: The Memory Game | The Classical Piano and Music Education Blog

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“ Melanie Spanswick has posted a comprehensive master post of techniques for memorization of piano repertoire.

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Composer Hans Zimmer - Interstellar - SoundWorks Collection Interview Series

This week we talk with Composer Hans Zimmer about his recent collaboration with Director Christopher Nolan for his film, Interstellar. In this exclusive interview Hans describes using the pipe organ f

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K-12 Resources For Music Educators

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K-12 Resources for Music Educators is the most comprehensive resource listing available for music teachers. Copyright 1995-2011.

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Wow, lots of sites to explore, in all areas. 

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11 Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom - Infographic

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"The use of technology in the classroom is becoming more mainstream than ever.  From using it as a way to gain resources and inspiration for lessons to leveraging the relationships with others in your Professional Learning Network (PLN) to find pen pals for your students..."


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Great info graph with ideas about how to add technology to up lift  and modernize your teaching and organizational skills.

 

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Great ideas!

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Fun ideas for getting kids involved in classroom technology....

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Essential Elements Recorder Classroom Method Instructional Recorder Book

The new Essential Elements Recorder Classroom Method sold at http://www.WestMusic.com is designed for today's classroom, including easy-to-use technology fea...
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I'm excited about this book!  This will be a great introduction to Essential Elements for our 4th graders as this is the method they will be using for band the following year!

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PreSonus—Music Education Technology Solutions in the Classroom and Beyond!

Education Market Manager John Mlynczak illustrates how to take advantage of the myriad technologies available in PreSonus software and hardware, focusing on ...
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THEATRE: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY | Beauty And The Dirt | Beauty And The Dirt

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We review Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane West End London Sam Mendes.

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Did James Rhodes save music education?

Did James Rhodes save music education? | Music Teacher | Scoop.it

Music education is getting plenty of attention in the press, thanks to a campaign by luminaries from TV pianist James Rhodes to head of In Harmony Julian Lloyd Webber. In September, Rhodes used a two-part Channel Four documentary to try and do for school music what Jamie Oliver did for school dinners in 2005. Despite the 2011 National Plan for Music, which led to the shake-up of the old system and the creation of Music Hubs, Rhodes claimed that the government ‘has not kept its promises’ on music education. He launched an Instrument Amnesty, in which the public was invited to donate unwanted musical instruments, to be passed on to schools after being reconditioned by experts at Universal Music and Yamaha.

Two months on, the success, not to mention the sheer speed, of the campaign, is impressive. Over 6,000 instruments were handed in to the 700 Oxfam stores acting as collection points. The instruments were then matched to specific requests from 150 primary schools across the UK, and delivered by Yodel. Each school has received up to 20 appropriately-sized instruments.


This example of the success of Rhodes’s scheme highlights the need for access for everyone. However, as we question why the current system isn’t providing this, it’s worth noting that, traditionally, schools have never kept large numbers of musical instruments beyond the usual classroom percussion – it was the county music service that provided free instruments. Charges for tuition and instrument hire were first introduced in the 1980s, accompanied by a policy of subsidy for low-income families and children in care. It is still illegal to charge children in care for instrumental tuition that takes place within school hours. There are plenty of instruments around, too, thanks to £40 million of government investment between 2007 and 2011, specifically for the purchase of musical instruments.

Don't Stop the Music has put a much-needed spotlight on music education. In the past ten days, there has been a Lords debate about arts in education, plus the launch of Boris Johnson's 'London Music Pledge' to improve music education in the capital. There has also been an open letter to the Telegraph, signed by leading figures in the music industry. Perhaps now, as the volume of the national debate increases, we can begin to focus not on why there are no instruments or opportunities, but on how we can make the government insist that they are taken up by schools. 
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The Best Online Music Games for Elementary Music Teachers

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Elementary music games should be both fun and educational. After all, most students learn best when they are having fun at the same time.

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JamStudio.com - Create Music Beats - The online music factory - Jam, remix, chords, loops

JamStudio - create music beats - free online music mixing & songwriting tool - quickly create backing tracks, karaoke songs, soundtracks & demo songs with professional sounds.

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Google Talk Classroom-Online Tutorial

Recorded with ScreenCastify (http://www.screencastify.com), the screen video recorder for Chrome.
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10 Amazing, Emerging Tech Trends in Elementary Education | Online Colleges

10 Amazing, Emerging Tech Trends in Elementary Education | Online Colleges | Music Teacher | Scoop.it
Since kids are so well-versed in technology thanks to online games, the Wii, and personal, portable multimedia devices designed just for them, why should we jip them out of using technology in the classroom too?

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15 Awesome Ways To Use Blogs in Your Classrooms

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Ever thought of using a blog to enhance your classroom?   Or perhaps you have one and are looking for some awesome ideas to bring your blog (and class
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Yamaha Music Education System

Das Video gibt Einblicke in das einzigartige Yamaha Music Education System für Kinder im Vorschul- und Schulalter. Das Programm bietet eine ganzheitliche mus...
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