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Voice power – the choirs tackling health and social need

As ministers in the UK push for a Government cross-departmental strategy to support the health and social benefits of the arts, Karen Stretch meets three organisations already… Read more

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Creating a songbook for Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School

Composer and multi-instrumentalist, John K Miles, introduces his ongoing project with City of London Sinfonia for children and young people with mental health issues In March 2015,… Read more

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Changing lives one song at a time: The Choir with No Name

Rachel Clare introduces the UK-based choral charity working with people affected by homelessness Ever wondered why you feel so good after belting out Bohemian Rhapsody or why hitting the… Read more

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Singing is for everyone, not just the privileged few

The role of choral music has taken on new significance in the light of recent tragedies in the UK and, for composer, Howard Goodall, it’s one more… Read more

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Blog: Music Excellence London Teacher Advocate and Director of Music at City of London School for Girls, Steven Berryman

Guest blogger, Steven Berryman, has worked on a wide range of collaborative projects involving schools, venues, charities and other education providers. Here, he outlines his formula for… Read more

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Opinion: It’s time to get serious about widening accessibility

How well are the existing pathways through music education serving the needs of today’s students? This is the text of a speech given by Sound Connections Director,… Read more

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Can arts and culture change young lives in Sierra Leone?

The mission of Global Arts Learning Action is to encourage and enable lower income countries to place arts learning at the heart of their education systems, and… Read more

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Is the tide turning for music education funding in Wales?

Struggling against the tide of austerity cuts, music education in Wales is fighting to keep its head above water, but a new raft of measures is offering… Read more

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A lifelong obsession: Jazz pianist and educator, Huw Warren, on being ‘a little different’

When I was asked to contribute this article, I set out to present an overview of myself and my career over the last thirty years – however,… Read more

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Music Generation: why music education in Ireland has The Edge

As music services and hubs across the UK struggle to provide tuition on ever-squeezed budgets, a flourishing Irish initiative backed by U2 is kicking down the financial… Read more

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Putting people at the centre: a new way of working

Amble Skuse has been selected for a residency with the British Paraorchestra. With a busy portfolio career, the writer, composer and performer says her Person-Centred Approach can… Read more

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Bringing the arts to everyone, everywhere

As Chief Executive of Arts Council England, Darren Henley is hot on the trail of great culture in strange places. We catch up with him during a… Read more

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Are hierarchical attitudes to genre holding young people back?

Anita Holford and Dyfan Wyn Owen find out if young people are being short-changed by genre bias in music education We live in a century that’s rich… Read more

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Does music education need qualified teachers?

Children’s right to a good music education should not be compromised by well-meaning amateurs in schools, argues Jonathan Savage Music education takes place in many and varied… Read more

The Cambridge, Massachusetts, music school with a social mission

How can we do more? A simple question led to a US music conservatory’s change in mission and a legion of students ready to lead the charge.

Brexit and music: Theme and Variations

Recently, the composer Howard Goodall had an encounter with a man at a currency exchange desk at Heathrow airport in London and tweeted the conversation thus: Nice… Read more

To infinity and beyond… Skoogmusic goes global!

Skoogmusic was founded in 2009 by Dr Benjaman Schögler and Dr David Skulina at the University of Edinburgh during an educational research project that aimed to address the lack of musical instruments designed for children with physical or learning disabilities. Now approaching its 10th anniversary, MUSIC:ED asked Ben Schögler about the organisation’s latest developments.

Music technology in the classroom: getting started

While technology in the classroom isn’t a magic bullet, the benefits can be enormous argues Music Technology Editor, George Hess.

From team-building to wellbeing: the power of music in the workplace

Long before the phenomenon of the office choir was hijacked by prime-time entertainment TV, it was a team-building tool that bonded, networked and even changed lives. Karen Stretch speaks to three musicians who are still passionate about the power of musical harmony in the workplace.

Q&A: Professor Leon Tong, Artistic Director, ‘Belt & Road’ World Choir Festival

Hong Kong’s inaugural ‘Belt & Road’ World Choir Festival runs from 15-19 July 2018. Inspired by China’s Belt and Road initiative (a development strategy focussing on connectivity… Read more