Soundfly – a new kind of music school for today’s musician

In a co-working space in Brooklyn, New York, Ian Temple and his team – including remote working colleagues in LA, Montreal, Georgia and North Carolina - have been developing a platform designed to help today’s musician develop their skills and their business. Soundfly offers a range of cross-genre and cross-skills-set courses, many free, ranging from … Continue reading Soundfly – a new kind of music school for today’s musician

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Guitar class, Education Through Music

Is music good for my child?

We all know, instinctively, that music is good for us, and for our children. And despite the continuing cuts in funding, those responsible for our education systems across the world still tend to prioritise music above other arts. References are often made to music’s ‘instrumental’ benefits – improving academic achievement, personal development, and life skills. … Continue reading Is music good for my child?

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How parents and grandparents can support and champion music education

We’re all aware that music is good for children and music can keep people happy, healthy and mentally fit  throughout their lives – and there’s evidence to back it up. But with threats to arts and music education funding in many countries, what can families of young musicians do to make sure the current generation of young … Continue reading How parents and grandparents can support and champion music education

Mindsong - music in care homes

Be healthy, happy, and mentally fit – make music!

We take it as read that playing a musical instrument or singing is good for the brain, the body and the emotions. Great minds such as Plato, William Shakespeare, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Hans Christian Andersen have said as much, not to mention notable musicians as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Ludwig van Beethoven and (ahem) John … Continue reading Be healthy, happy, and mentally fit – make music!

Guitar class, Education Through Music

Is music good for your child?

We all know, instinctively, that music is good for us. Can learning music really have a positive impact on our children's futures? Despite the continuing cuts in funding, those responsible for education systems across the world still tend to prioritise music above other arts. References are often made to music's 'instrumental' benefits – improving academic … Continue reading Is music good for your child?

Mindsong - music in care homes

Be healthy, happy and mentally fit – make music!

We take it as read that playing a musical instrument or singing is good for the brain, the body and the emotions. Great minds such as Plato, William Shakespeare, Friedrich Nietzsche and Hans Christian Andersen have said as much, not to mention notable musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Ludwig van Beethoven. But is it all supposition and pseudo-science? Anita Holford and Dyfan Wyn Owen take a look at the evidence.

Aspiration, achievement and school improvement – heads say music can make the difference

In the next 12 months, as music education hubs form, the National Music Plan gets underway, and the  government's review of the national curriculum is published, head teacher support for music education will be crucial. In the first of a two-part series for Music Education UK, I spoke to secondary heads whose leadership and support … Continue reading Aspiration, achievement and school improvement – heads say music can make the difference