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ABRSM Piano Syllabus 2019/20: an overview 

10 Jun 18

I shall preface this overview by saying that I wholeheartedly believe that learning an instrument is not solely about taking exams, and indeed only a small number of my pupils opt to sit them.


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May 2018 New Discoveries 

28 May 18

My apologies that with one thing and another, I never quite got round to writing a New Discoveries post for April, but nevertheless, here’s a bumper edition for May! Graded Pieces for Piano (Ludovico Einaudi) Two brand new releases here from …


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Setting the tempo: working with accompanists when there is no rehearsal time 

8 Apr 18

David Barton Music student, Ruth Carlyle, has taken part in two local festivals and has also worked with many other accompanists on fairly limited rehearsal time.


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March 2018 New Discoveries 

31 Mar 18

Here’s my monthly round-up of new music, pieces and resources I discovered in March.


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The Exam-Life Balance 

25 Mar 18

I’m aware that a number of students across the UK are now fast-approaching their GCSE, AS and A-Level summer exams.


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Conflicting Wavelengths 

9 Mar 18

I’ve always been slightly alarmed by the attitudes which prevail when it comes to listening to classical music on the radio, especially when it comes to the two big national stations in the UK:  BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM .


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February 2018 New Discoveries 

28 Feb 18

Welcome to my selection of new music, resources and discoveries for February! Play: A psychological toolkit for optimal music performance (Ally and Greg Daubney) Written by Ally and Greg Daubney, and published by the ISM Trust , Play is subtitled…


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Musical Connections 

25 Feb 18

Take two notes.


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January 2018 New Discoveries 

11 Feb 18

Here are my three new discoveries from last month: a book, a CD and some music! The Piano Practice Physician’s Handbook (Nicola Cantan) Many of you will know Nicola from her teaching at Colourful Keys , and from the excellent resources she provides…


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When I Grow Up? 

19 Jan 18

Some of you may have seen this feature on BBC Breakfast today about 20,000 seven to 11-year-olds who’d been asked to draw pictures of the job they want to do in the future.


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December 2017 New Discoveries 

1 Jan 18

First of all, my I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year.


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Autumn Term 2017 Exam Results 

14 Dec 17

Huge congratulations to pupils who took exams this term.


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Lichfield Festival of Music Success 

24 Nov 17

Congratulations to pupils who took part in the Lichfield Festival of Music last Saturday.


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Your Festival Needs You! 

13 Nov 17

On Saturday, I had the privilege of being part of a wonderful day of music-making at the Lichfield Festival of Music .


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2018 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 

3 Nov 17

David was shocked and overwhelmed to hear earlier this week, that he’d been nominated for the Musicians’ Union Inspiration Award in the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence .


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Review: ABRSM Songbooks Plus 

29 Oct 17

At the end of October 2017, ABRSM published its new Songbook Plus series, designed to complement the existing Songbook range.


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ABRSM 2018 singing syllabus: more choice? 

8 Oct 17

A few weeks ago, ABRSM released its revised singing syllabus for use from 2018.


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September 2017 New Discoveries 

8 Oct 17

In this new monthly series, I’m hoping to share with you some of the new music and resources I come across in the course of my work.


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Taking Part in a Festival 

27 Aug 17

Thank you to Ruth Carlyle for allowing me to reproduce this article which she contributed to my end-of-term newsletter in December 2016: Have you thought about taking part in the Lichfield Festival of Music , (or indeed, another Festival closer to …


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Duets: are we missing the point? 

7 Aug 17

I don’t know about other teachers, but I try to make use of duets in my teaching at all levels.


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2016/17 Prizewinners Announced 

22 Jul 17

Congratulations to our six prizewinners for the academic year 2016/17.


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B Period 2017 Exam Results 

14 Jul 17

Congratulations to this term’s exam candidates on another excellent set of results: Osla C – ABRSM Grade 6 with Merit (Flute) Amy C – ABRSM Grade 5 with Merit (Theory) Zoë P – ABRSM Grade 3 (Flute) Well done everyone…


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ABRSM Flute Syllabus 2018-2021: highlights 

8 Jul 17

As many of you will know, ABRSM released it’s new flute syllabus this week to cover the period 2018-2021.


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Repertoire: beyond exams 

5 Jul 17

Instrumental teachers know how easy it is to become trapped on the exam treadmill, learning a few pieces, sitting an exam, then moving to the next grade.


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Music Lessons and Revision 

14 May 17

We’re just entering exam season here in the UK.