Category Archives: Teaching

The ecosystem of engagement in learning

We do not learn in isolation: we inhabit a rich ecosystem of media, all competing for our attention. TV adverts, posters on the sides of buses, radio, new music, films, the xBox, books, emails from friends, Facebook and Twitter, there … Continue reading

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Music and learning: drawing my conclusions

Today i’m finishing the first draft of my book on ‘music in learning’. In this chapter, i’m drawing the ideas together: in many ways, it’s the most fun part to write. This is the first draft of that chapter: This … Continue reading

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Music in learning: formal education

This week i’m working to finish my new book on ‘music in learning’. It’s based on interviews with musicians and music fans to understand how the process of learning music, of creating music, has changed them. Throughout this week i’m … Continue reading

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If you don’t know, then who does? Reflecting on learning and training

Rich is taking a month long course to teach English as a foreign language. I’m impressed. It’s a notoriously challenging qualification and intense to do in a month. Back to the days of homework and late nights of study. Which … Continue reading

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Do you recognise yourself in that old photo? How learning changes who we are.

I saw a photo this morning of two old university friends. Funny how i easily recognised them, although tinged with the realisation that they were all grown up. They looked like adults, complete with children! When you grow older alongside … Continue reading

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Getting better, getting worse. The cycle of learning and teaching.

Something struck me this weekend, about how to get worse at something gracefully. When we are young, we tend to try to perfect things. To be better, faster, stronger, but this is a path that cannot last forever. As we … Continue reading

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